In today’s world, technology plays a major role in how families communicate with each other. With a variety of options to choose from Facebook, Skype, Twitter, email and text messages, families can readily keep in touch.
However, as technology has taken over a lot of our communications, studies have shown that one-on-one human interaction has been negatively impacted. So, how can we keep live conversations a part of our repertoire?
Here are some tips to truly stay connected with your family:
Create opportunities for talking. Whether it’s going out for ice cream, taking a drive or weekend hike, look for ways to interact together in a setting to allow for real conversations.
Insist on family meals. Make it a point to bring everyone around the dinner table at least three times each week. This is a great way to ensure you have a captive audience. Try not to use this time to lecture your kids—there are plenty of other opportunities to do that—instead, use this time to relax and reconnect with each other after a busy day.
Highs and lows. Go around the room and ask each member of your family to share the best part of their day and the worst part of their day.
Institute a no technology rule. Laptops, cell phones and tablets are all great devices that keep us moving throughout the day, but at home, it’s OK to turn these things off. An interesting idea is to have everyone turn in their cell phones by 6 p.m. and they can’t have it back until 8 a.m. the following morning.
Here’s to great conversations!