How to Stay in Touch with Family
Although you were probably in contact with many of your extended family members growing up, those relationships can wane when you grow up. As you grow up and move out of the house to college, various excursions and eventually your own home, it can be difficult to stay in touch.
However, technological advances over the last few decades have made it much easier to keep in contact than before, when you were mostly relegated to phone calls and letters. Try these creative ways to stay in touch with your family members:
- Create personalized gifts
- Voice messages/video chats
- Play online video games
- Notify others of changes in contact info
Utilize the Internet to Create Gifts
Numerous internet companies can help you create the perfect gift to send to your loved ones. From personalized photo booklets to a postcard with a picture of the whole family on it, these gifts are a good way to remind your extended family members that you’re thinking of them.
If you have kids, it’s even more important to give something meaningful. Choose gifts for grandparents and update them on their grandchildren’s lives by adding scrapbook items, recorded messages, and similar personal touches.
Leave Voice Messages
Scheduling times to call or video chat is important. However, if you’ve moved across the country (or even overseas), it’s likely that your time zone is very different from that of your relative’s. That can make it difficult to set up a time to talk. It’s even more difficult if you both have busy or unusual schedules.
Don’t worry about trying to set up a video chat every month. Take time, instead, to send a quick voice message updating your family member on your day. The other person will enjoy hearing your voice, and it’s more personal than a text.
Play Video Games Together
Did you play video games with your family before you moved away? Many families use video games as a bonding experience. Playing video games is the 21st-century equivalent of playing board games. Smack talk and laughing over crazy twists is fun, and online multiplayer video games let you play long-distance.
Find an online multiplayer game or a game that has a built-in wireless connection available, and set up a video chat or call at the same time. Then, you’re able to have a family game night just as you would if you were together in person.
Remember to Update Contact Information
Sometimes, people change contact information without much advanced warning. It could be small (like changing a phone number or moving social media accounts). Or it can be big (such as actually moving to a different location). Either way, you need to update that contact information as quickly as possible. Although family members will usually notify you when that happens, someone may forget or have to move quickly. When that happens, use PeopleFinders to try and find your family member again.
With PeopleFinders, you can perform a people search to try and find your family members and get information about them. You may be able to get up-to-date contact information, so that you can stay in touch even if someone forgets to update you on a new phone number or address.
It’s also a good way to try and find family members with whom you’ve fallen out of contact and don’t have any information about. Read the PeopleFinders blog to get more information on how to find your relatives, no matter how long it’s been since you last saw them.
Staying in touch with your family members is incredibly important for staying connected to your roots while adapting to the world around you. Rather than all of a sudden being on your own, you can continue to stay in touch with the people you grew up with and easily transition to the next stage of your life.
Whether you need to find family members that you miss from when you were a child, or you’re trying to maintain contact with a family member that ghosted you unexpectedly, make sure you use PeopleFinders to try and reconnect.
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