22 Days Of Doing Better: Day 16

January 23, 2018  |  

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Before we go any further, I have to acknowledge that I’m speaking and advising myself with this one. Most of the conversations I have throughout the day take place in my head. I prefer to be by myself or with like one or two other people on most days and I don’t particularly care for speaking on the phone. Still, family is important and it’s critical to keep in touch with them. Problem is, with work, the need for rest and other commitments, it can become difficult to devote the time necessary to maintain these relationships.

And while it can be a challenge, it can be done. Here are five suggestions you can use in maintaining and strengthen the bond between your family members.

Schedule to do the same thing at the same time

This unique suggestion comes from a money blog of all places. The Ria Blog to be specific. They suggest something as simple as watching the same movie at the same time. But this can be the same for your favorite weekly sitcom or reality show. It can involve outdoor activities. Take a walk at the same time. Afterward, you can share your thoughts on the shared experience instead of having to find ways to make them care about things that are going on in your day-to-day life.

Send articles, discussions, social media posts that remind you of the person

My cousin, who live 3,000 miles away in California is particularly good at this. If she sees something that reminds her of me or something she thinks I’d be interested in or would want to write about, she sends it to me on Instagram and Facebook. These messages are more than “how are you?” They spark conversation meaningful conversation that provide insight into the person you are and the issues that matter to you at this point in your life.

Let them know you’re thinking about them

Even though I suck at reaching out, I think about my family members and pray for them all the time. Instead of letting the conversation be one-sided, it might not be such a bad idea to just send little notes to let them know they’re on my mind.

We’re you’re in the same place, make a point to let them know

If you’re like me you have family all over the country, all over the world. And these days with as traveling more and more, there are times when we might be in the same city as one of our relatives. During those times, make a point to reach out and set up a time, if feasible, to see one another.

What are some tips and strategies you use when it comes to staying connected to your family members?


Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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