Keeping the Family Connected Long Distance

So we all know those couples who love to spend every moment together. They wake up together, get ready for the day together, leave together with a “Bye, honey! Have a great day!” Only to come home together, prepare dinner together, help the kids with homework, bath time, and reading time before getting tucked into bed … TOGETHER.

Alternatively, we have those couples or families who rarely get to see each other. For reasons such as military deployment, job related duties, dating in a long distance relationship, or maybe the husband is hunting unicorns in Canada that takes weeks upon end! If you’re one of these women (or men), especially with kids at home, here is a fool proof guide to staying in contact and keeping the spark alive for you AND the kids:

FaceTime

This is the number one best way to keep closeness amongst the family. FaceTime allows both partners and the kids the chance to not only talk and catch-up, but to see each other’s faces. Schedule a day and time for everyone to gather around the screen for dinner or even game night (Hangman at its finest) or just a quick exchanging of “I love you’s and I miss you’s” as you dart out the door for work.

Letters

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For all of the hopeless romantics out there. This is my absolute favorite method of communication. Maybe because I’m old school, but there is something so romantic and exciting about a hand-written letter that arrives … IN THE MAIL! With technology taking over, writing letters is like a lost art. Choose a nice, crisp sheet of paper, your favorite pen, and let your heart spew out! Maybe even spray it with your favorite perfume. The anticipation of its arrival will be SO exciting for the recipient.

Apps

We all know there is the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to modern technology, but luckily the good prevails when staying in contact long distance. 

  • Snapchat – allows both parties to snap videos or pictures back and forth instantly.
  • Touchnote – allows you to take a picture and send it in the mail as a an actual postcard (for a small charge). How fun!
  • Couple – has a feature called ThumbKiss, a feature which makes both phones vibrate simultaneously when touched in the same spot.

Care Packages

Grab a box and insert your partner’s or family member’s favorite things such as snacks, candy, sweet notes, pictures, gifts, and anything else that you know would make their day. Sticky notes with a cute message written on them are a personal favorite to send.

Lovebook

Lovebook is a website allows you to create an actual book for your loved one. You simply create the characters, choose pre-made pages that fit your relationship, and personalize it to your liking. The company ships the book to just about every country in the world.

Playlists

If both parties have Spotify or Apple Music, create a new playlist where you can add songs that make you think about them. Share the playlist with your partner or family member so everyone can listen. Music is the universal language, and the lyrics or melody will give you the feels as you’re driving in the car or playing the tunes at home. 

These are just a few ways to keep the spark alive in any type of relationship that is long distance. Being separated from a loved one is not only hard on the spouse or partner, but on the kids as well. Utilize these fun ways to stay in touch and expect smiles and laughter galore!

Brooke was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and grew up in Denham Springs. She attained a degree in English from Southeastern Louisiana University. After she graduated, she went on to become an English teacher to a variety of different age levels. Brooke is a single mother whose number one priority is to guide her beautiful eight-year-old daughter, Kameron, through a Christ-centered life. Some of her favorite things to do are run the LSU lakes, go to festivals around the area, and drink an immense amount of coffee! Travels, adventures, and weekend getaways are a necessity to balance out her busy and often-times chaotic life!

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