Staying Connected With Loved Ones

With how busy everyone is today it’s hard to stay connected with loved ones, even those who live in the same town as you. I know talking on the phone and texting from time to time makes it easier, but it’s really not the same.

This summer we’re taking a trip to Nebraska City, near Omaha, for my best friend’s daughter’s wedding. We’re doing this before Charlie and Lucy head away to camp so as many of our brood as possible can be there. We’re hoping to spend some time with family while we’re in the midwest–as long as the schedules align!

We also regularly spend time with friends in Coronado, California, which is a nice respite from the summer heat here in Phoenix. We’ve taken other vacations with these friends too, and our kids are so close in age that everyone has a blast.

What are some ways you can stay connected with your own loved ones who live across the country, or even across the pond?

  • Schedule regular Skype dates to talk via video–for free! This is especially helpful for families who have someone serving or living overseas.
  • Book a halfway vacation. Finding an ideal vacation spot halfway between you and your loved ones is a great way for you both to be able to go somewhere new. Just be sure the location makes sense for everyone involved. For example, a trip to Las Vegas might not be much fun for a family with young children, but camping in Yosemite probably would.
  • Take a working vacation. If your work requires you to travel, take along a family member or child (if it works into their school schedule). You save on travel because work pays for your half, and you can spend quality time with the loved one you bring along! And if you can choose where you travel to, you just might be able to go somewhere you already have friends or family.

The key is to plan ahead so you can work around everyone’s schedules and budgets. In today’s super-connected world, it’s easy to forget how important it is to spend time with the people most dear to us. This is your friendly reminder to keep that top-of-mind as you work on your summer vacation plans!

I am a 44-year old married mom of 4. I love my family. If you’re a mom, then you know kids and a spouse keep you busy. It’s easy to forget yourself in the process of taking care of your family. My mission is to help other moms take care of themselves so they can be more available to their loved ones and lead more fulfilling lives.

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