HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY CONNECTED
September 15, 2019
Being a parent or caregiver can be tough. Aside from keeping your kids clean, fed and educated, there are all sorts of other responsibilities that require your attention from one day to the next – keeping your family connected for instance (and we’re not talking airtime and data).
When your kids are small and need you for almost every single thing, it’s hard to imagine that a time will come when you will have to encourage them to engage with the family unit, but it happens. Having open channels of communication is essential if you wish to send well-balanced individuals out into the world, so keeping everyone on the same page is very important.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to do so. Here are a few ways to keep your family connected:
FIND COMMON GROUND
Find something you all like to do and make a point of doing it together on a regular basis. This could be anything from establishing and tending a veggie patch, going on hikes or visiting obscure old museums in tiny towns, to building puzzles, tackling a recycling project or revamping a corner of the garage as a crafting space. It doesn’t matter how silly or inconsequential it may seem, as long as it’s something fun you can do together, embrace it.
GET OUT OF THE TECH BUBBLE
Have you ever seen a family in a restaurant who don’t speak a word to one another for the entire meal because everyone is staring at their phones? Don’t be those people. Demarcate daily blocks of tech-free family time. This means no TV, cell phones, tablets or devices of any kind. Smart watches that receive emails and texts should be jettisoned to. You could use this time to prepare dinner and eat together as a family, or you could put on some music and spend it reading or building those puzzles we mentioned earlier. The point is to set the tech aside so everyone can learn to communicate without the need for constant distractions of their own making. It might be tough in the beginning, but you will see the benefits soon enough.
TALK ABOUT THE TOUGH STUFF
Once your kids are old enough, you should find the time to chat to them about the tough stuff – e.g. what should happen if you were to pass away suddenly. Let them know who the executor of your estate is, and what they could expect if they should be left to fend for themselves in the unlikely event of your untimely demise. It may seem a little macabre to discuss this with your children, but you can also use the opportunity to teach them a thing or two about money management and how they should provide for their families and their own retirement when they get to be that age.
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So there you have it – three ways that you can keep your family connected.
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