When states, oceans and even a government lockdown separates families, it can be challenging to find ways to connect, beyond a boring FaceTime call from the living room couch. While video chat is an essential tool for many of our suggestions, we’ve come up with ways to really spend time with parents, siblings and other loved ones, despite not being together in person. It’s surprising the creative things that can turn a phone call into an event or celebration. It’s time to tighten those bonds.
Watch the Game Together (don't forget the classics)
Set up a Zoom chat, pop open a beer and enjoy some good ole fashioned football talk while watching the game with those who can’t be there. Maybe your son or daughter lives far away, and you are really missing commentating with them, this is a solid solution. Turn on a classic game since most sports are cancelled in 2020.
Tackle a Project
Working on pieces of a project that will later come together is a way to tap into a deeper connecting experience, rather than just chatting through FaceTime alone. It could be as simple as pulling old family photos together from everyone’s personal collection, to later place in a big communal album. If the kids have been begging for a playhouse, have one person working on interior decorations, and another cutting pieces of wood and figuring out construction when it’s time to get together.