Schedule it. Before you even pick a medium to communicate – schedule it. Make sure it’s on your calendars, no matter how infrequently. Set some reminders just like you would a hair appointment or a doctor’s visit.
Old school traveling journal. It’s always more meaningful to get something handwritten. Pick a small soft cover journal and mail it back and forth with letters or drawings from little ones. The oldest members of your family will appreciate this tech-free approach.
Make a blog. Find the tech-savviest member of the family and employ them to set up a blog for your family. WordPress or Shutterfly offer free and private options specifically for this. All you need is a valid email address. While a Facebook group might be easier, consider that there may be, at times, a trend to
get off the service whether to save time, reduce stress, or just as the latest social media platform shifts to something new, but almost everyone will always have an email address.
Video messenger. When a simple phone call won’t do, let them see your face. Facebook’s Messenger, Whatsapp, or Skype are just a few options when it comes to video chat. You can even communicate with family living or traveling abroad.
Get competitive. Do you miss all the family banter? Try playing games together. While a Fantasy Football League or a few rounds of Words with Friends is a great start, don’t forget about digital versions of old favorites like Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, or Battleship. Teens and young adults may consider challenging family to an online game using their favorite gaming system.
Put it all together. Schedule a getaway. Hype it up, create matching tees, and plan far in advance to keep the conversation going and make sure there’s something for everyone. Pick a central location or one that’s easy to get to for the less traveled in your family. And don’t get discouraged if a few family
members can’t make it this time. Just continue to follow the above tips, and remember there’s always the next family gathering.