My hubs is deployed and cannot use Skype or Chat or any internet connection except for government work as it is a secure connection and connecting to the internet on your private devices compromises security and slows their connection. So since he can only use his work email to coomunicate with us, we have had to get creative. Our daughter is 4 and cannot read yet, so he draws her pictures on a Paint program and sends them to her with her favorite XOXO's at the end. She will then tell me what to write back and tell him what to draw for he, and he will draw it and send it back....she LOVES this way of communicating and she is so bossy, and he can't argue this way...he just does as he is told! LOL!! Heeeyy...maybe we are on to something! LOL!! I hope this helped someone!! Good Luck!