Keeping in touch with family can be difficult when you’re in college, living in a different city, or having a demanding job. Fortunately, there are more options than ever before for reaching out to your loved ones. Using your phone, social media, and even the postal service can help you communicate with your family members while reducing the amount of time it takes and helping you reconnect with them.
Method 1 Using Technology
1. Make contact with your loved ones over the phone. If you and your partner have hectic schedules, make a “phone date” with a specific day and time to talk. During the call, inquire as to how things are going for them and avoid dominating the conversation by talking exclusively about yourself the entire time. Before you hang up the phone with them, schedule your next time to talk with them.
Identify a day and time of week when you and your family member are both available and make an effort to speak on the phone at that time at least once a week if you know their schedule.
If you’re travelling abroad and concerned about accruing expensive long-distance charges while calling home to your family, look into companies that provide cheap long-distance call credits without requiring you to switch service providers.
2. Face-to-face video chat with your loved ones. If your family has access to FaceTime or Skype, you can communicate with them via these services. Using video chatting to communicate with your family is the closest you can come to actually being there with them, and your family members will appreciate seeing your face.
If you or your family members do not already have Skype, you can get it for free. If you and one of your family members both have an iPhone or a Mac computer, you can video chat with each other using FaceTime.
3. Text messages can be sent to members of your family. In contrast to phone calls and video chats, texting does not necessitate the same level of planning or commitment. You should send your family members the occasional text message to check in on them and see how they’re getting along. Send picture messages to friends and family to share important events in your life, such as pictures of your new home or your new pet.
4. Send an email to your loved ones. Send out group emails to your family members on a regular basis to let them know how you’re doing. Send large-scale videos and photo albums via email if they are too large to send via text message.
If you’re going on a trip abroad or relocating to a new city, consider starting a newsletter for your family. You should include important news from your life in the newsletter, which you should send out to your family members once a week via email.
Method 2 Using Social Media
1. Using Facebook, you can stay in touch with your family members. If they don’t already have a Facebook account, encourage them to create one. Check their profiles on a regular basis to see if they’ve uploaded any new photos or updated their statuses with anything. Comment on their posts and tag them in things you think they’d be interested in learning about or experiencing.
Make sure you have the Facebook app installed on your smartphone so that you can receive notifications whenever a member of your family messages you or makes a comment on your profile.
Change your Facebook settings so that you receive notifications whenever members of your family post something.
2. Share your Snapchat stories with your family members. SnapChat allows you to quickly and easily send videos of yourself to members of your family, whether you are at work, at home, or out having fun. Use Snapchat to keep up with the everyday activities that your family is involved in that you would otherwise miss out on while away from them.
Create personalised “stories” on Snapchat that are only visible to your immediate family members. Instead of sending photos and videos to each member of your family individually, upload them to your storey and share them with them all.
Send a video over Snapchat instead of texting someone when you have a question or need to communicate with them about something important in your life. A video that includes your face and voice will be more personal than a message that is typed out.
3. Include members of your family in your Instagram account. Use their names to identify them in photos that you upload and want them to see. In order to keep up with their lives, check their profiles to see if they’ve uploaded any new photos, and like and comment on their photos to let them know you’re keeping up with them.
Create a hashtag that you and your family can use on Instagram. When you upload a photo or video that you want your family to see, include the hashtag in the description of the photo or video you uploaded.
Method 3 Sending Mail
1. Greetings to your loved ones in the mail. Tell them how you’re doing and inquire as to how they’ve been doing. Put forth an effort to write handwritten letters to members of your family who do not have access to a computer or a cell phone.
In your letter, you can ask your family member questions and encourage them to respond in writing. Developing a handwritten correspondence with someone is a wonderful way to strengthen a relationship, and taking the time to write a letter once a week demonstrates that you are interested.
2. Send greeting cards to your family members on holidays and birthdays. The extra effort you put forth to send them something in the mail will be greatly appreciated. If you have any prints of photographs that you would like them to have, make copies of them and place them in the card before sending it out to them.
Make a holiday card with a photo of you and your family on the front, including your spouse, children, pets, and so on. You can hire a professional photographer and use fun props to capture a memorable photograph that you can use in your marketing materials. Make sending out a holiday card a yearly tradition by making it a tradition.
3. Assemble a care package for a family member who is in need of assistance. Send some food to your nephew who is starting college, or put together a few treats for your brother who has recently undergone surgery. After they have received their package, you will most likely receive a phone call from them.
Include a travel scrapbook in the package you are sending to the recipient. Fill in the blank pages with photos of your life and leave the rest of the pages blank. Allow each member of your family to contribute their own photos to the scrapbook, which will then be passed on to the next member of the family. Once it’s completely filled, you’ll have a family scrapbook to look through when you’re missing your family.
Method 4 Getting Together In-Person
1. Plan a weekly dinner with your family that everyone will look forward to. If you all live in close proximity to one another, choose one night of the week to meet every week. Everyone should be encouraged to come together and share stories and updates about their lives during the dinner.
Each week, try to rotate who hosts dinner so that no one member of the family feels overburdened with responsibility.
Consider holding a potluck-style dinner gathering if you do meet for dinner at the same family member’s house every week. One person can prepare the main course, while another person can prepare the snacks, and yet another person can prepare the dessert.
2. Organize a reunion for the entire family. Plan ahead of time to ensure that everyone can take time off work and make the necessary travel arrangements. Determine which location is most convenient for the greatest number of people in your family.
If you have a large family, form a planning committee comprised of three or four members of your clan to assist you in organising your reunion. You’ll have a good time putting it together with them, and it will encourage you to stay in contact.
3. Make time to have lunch with a member of your family. Take advantage of your lunch break or try to arrange a lunch meeting with them on the weekend if you have the opportunity. Make an effort to ensure that your family knows you are concerned about keeping in touch with them.
In the event that your family member is extremely busy and will not be able to leave work, offer to pick up some food and eat it with them at their place of employment.
If neither of you are able to meet for lunch, see if you can arrange to meet for drinks or an appetiser immediately following work.
Creative Commons License