How do you stay connected to your family when you are living away from home? Texts, emails, Facebook™, Snapchat™ and Instagram™ all help. But what do you do when you’re homesick or just need some advice? Do you call home? Staying connected isn’t easy. Here’s what we do…
Last month my son Ryan, who is living about 8 hours away, and I shared what was going on in our lives while video chatting. With smart phone in hands we each walked, talked and showed each other via live video, what we had successfully planted in our own backyard gardens. It really blew me away. He showed me his cat stalking multiple gopher holes and I showed him the abundance of heirloom tomatoes he had helped me plant a few months before. All while we chatted.
It’s ironic because years ago we made cell phones forbidden at the dinner table–now I welcome them. We can still have family dinners, share, see each other and talk while miles apart by using a video chatting service. It gives us comfort and gives me a little peak into his world. We connect.
Need advice or I mean extra money?
Try a little “virtual” face-to-face visit. Via Skype™ or Facetime™ start with a live tour of your room (picked up of course). Introduce them to your roommates. Show them what you made for dinner. Better yet, sit down and have some coffee together. Connect. It will show your parents that you care. And before the money question comes up, casually show them your bare food pantry or the recycled bottles you are collecting to save money for text books. The old saying pictures speak a thousand words is true!
But seriously, staying regularly connected, when you are away, is not a crutch that will just carry you when times get rough or only when you need money; rather, it’s a motivating force that will help you all your life and help your relationship grow beyond parent and child. It builds memories, confidence and trust.
Disclaimer: This post is part of Welch’s Share What’s Good campaign, for which I was compensated. All thoughts and opinions are my own.