It can be surprising that no matter how close you and your family have been – things can change over the years. Once you grow up and have a family of your own, life circumstances can often take brothers and sisters, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons to opposites sides of the world. Then, before you know it, your niece or nephew is 5 years old, your cousin is graduating from college, and your own parents are moving into a nursing home. Where did the time go? All those years you have been making plans and commitments to visit and vacation together only to find that you have more dreams than time to do so. Then, you will realize just how important it is to stay in touch with family.
Sometimes, you can live in the same town as your family and see them rarely. Your kids and their kids pull the families in different directions and suddenly, you are all distant. Luckily, today it can be easier to stay in touch with those you love. And it is much easier to stay in touch than it is to get back in touch. This means that making plans and commitments to talk to your relatives often, exchanging pictures and taking every opportunity to be together is essential.
For faraway relatives one of the nicest tools available today is Skype. Not only can you talk to your toddler nieces and nephews, but you will also be able to see and talk to your brother or sister any time you wish. It is one thing to hear someone's voice, but Skype allows you to video chat. And it's free. All you have to do is set up a time to contact one another and you can get a firsthand glimpse at the new baby, the new puppy, or the engagement ring your sister got from her boyfriend. While you still aren't tangibly close – seeing and hearing one another easily makes it feel that way.
Social networking sites can also be a fun way to stay in touch. Uploading videos and pictures is a cinch, is much faster and more reliable than the mail and can instantly give you access to your family members in real time. This means no more waiting for your folks to see the pictures of the 'first haircut' and rather allowing them to watch it. If your parents do not have a video and camera-ready computer at home – you may want to think about getting them one and helping them to set it up so they can stay in touch with family. These too are inexpensive ways to forge valuable bonds with the people you love. It definitely beats meaning to call someone, or meaning to send a letter to your aunt – only to never have time to get to the mailbox.
Another good idea is to set dates with your family. Whether in town or out of town, have a ritual together. It might mean that every Sunday night you will call your parents or sibling. Or it may mean that you share a meal together every other Saturday night. The point is to pencil it on, instead of waiting for time to pass where you regret the drifting. Life is definitely busy, however it is amazing what you can have time for if you put in on your schedule and try to do other things around it.
Another way to get a family together, especially if they are scattered all over the place is to select a mid point vacation destination each and every year. Rent a huge house that every body helps to pitch in for and meet up for a memorable week together. This can be like a mini family reunion every year. If you plan this during times of the year where you are not normally busy and not during holidays, you will find that it is much easier to commit to. This also helps your children realize just how important family is. There are far too many kids these days who do not know their cousins.
By making sure that you stay in touch with your family and loved ones, no matter what you are doing or where you are – you are giving both you and your children a lifeline. There comes a point in every person's life when you realize just how important family is. You may not like everything about everyone in your family – but they are YOUR family. And certainly, no one can replace them.
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David Beart runs the Professors House. Our family based site covers everything from raising a family to cooking and owning pets.
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