Unfortunately young kids can't just stride into the office, put their feet up on the desk and casually pick up the phone to give you a call. So how do you keep in touch? Find out how they are? Tell them that you miss them when you're not around? Toymail.
This ingenious and stupidly cute solution comes from the makers of Clocky (the alarm clock that runs away). Think of it as a combination of voicemail and email, only infinitely more accessible, interactive and fun.
You simply record a voice message using the free app, from anywhere in the world and hit send. These adorable little Mailmen will then speak it back to your child in a funny voice (or your own). Kids can reply through the toy straight away and even carry on a two-way conversation.
It's a doddle to set up, these colourful toys connect wirelessly with your home Wi-fi network and they'll snort, wheeze, howl and growl to let your child know they have a new message. You can even sign up for The Daily Toymailer and the Mailmen will greet your child each day and deliver (ad-free!) morning bulletins full of jokes, news, fun facts, stories or songs.
So whether you're a mum at work, a dad stuck in the queue for the checkout, a friend down the road, or a grandpa on the other side of the world – you can stay connected with the kids you love.