Individuals living together under one roof can sometimes feel more like strangers than family. You can even track their location with an app on your phone! However, technology will never replace face-to-face conversations connecting your hearts and solidifying your relationships.
This month, wrap your arms around your loved ones with thoughtful words and actions to let them know you want to share meaningful time with them. Try some of these simple, no-tech ideas to reconnect with family, either for a meaningful minute or a whole afternoon.
• Ask them about their favorite paperback or hardcover book, or share aloud a passage from your favorite volume.
• Take a sunset walk through the neighborhood park together. Precious moments can be enjoyed by having pleasant conversation to inquire how they’re feeling and what their current interests are, or just walking in peaceful silence.
• A personal visit from you at their work or school, either for lunch or just to say “Hello,” will make them feel like the apple of your eye.
• Send them a handwritten note or card (not a text) inviting them to tea or coffee.
• Start a family game night. “The Game of Life” is a fun, light-hearted way for a family to playfully reimagine major life events such as college, career, marriage, children, and retirement.
• If… Questions for the Game of Life by Evelyn McFarlane is a petite, family-friendly, all-ages conversation starter book. There are several other If… volumes by McFarlane designed for families, couples, and teens.
If… your family could spend an elegant dinner with anyone on the planet and ask them any question, maybe that person is you!
Kristen Lee Fewel is a freelance writer and holistic health expert