How to Keep in Touch With Family

Whether you're studying abroad, just moved out or simply on vacation, keeping in touch with the folks back home is vital to everyone.


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    Take advantage of technology. We have Facebook and Twitter and Skype and of course, the cell phone. Dozens of ways to keep in touch electronically. Even an email can show you care, although a phone call might mean more.
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    Always ask how things are going. They're going to want to let you know what's up, any big news in the family. Important things.
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    Stay connected with the little ones. Any younger siblings you have require special attention, because they haven't known you as long as your parents and might not even know/understand why you're gone.
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    Go classic with the hand-written letter. Especially if parents are older, it warms their heart to get a true, honest-to-God letter from you.
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    Update them with any important news. What's going on in your life- they want to know. Even the small things that happen to you could mean a lot to people who miss you.
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    See them in person! No matter how far away you are, you've got to make time to come back and visit them for real!


  • If you are busy, let them know. It will prevent them from worrying about you.
  • Remember that it shouldn't always be a text message or an email. Calling is nice, too.
  • If you can't talk to your whole family at once, be sure to ask how everyone else is.
  • Video chat is very useful- you can hear the voice and see the face!
  • Smile when you see them!


  • Do not go so overboard with keeping in touch that you're calling your Mom every five minutes.

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