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Family Ties Suffer in a Complex World

Family ties are a complicated matter in our contemporary world. The internet makes it possible to send a message around the world almost instantaneously, and many North Americans are now working from home or taking jobs that will see them travelling or working abroad at least some of the time. But globalization also means a larger number of families are being scattered across the country and around the world. Whereas earlier generations saw multiple branches of the same clan growing up in the same hometown and attending the same schools, we now see many cases where siblings live far apart, children live far away from their parents, and young people grow up never knowing what it is to be surrounded by uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents.

Strengthening Family Ties at a Distance

In my generation, most young people grew up knowing their grandparents and their cousins. It was common for two or more branches of the family to vacation together or to come together to celebrate holidays around one table. Today it is harder to organize such events. Somebody always has to work, or is living too far away to travel. Family ties are tested by the distance , and by the increasingly hectic pace of contemporary life.

Some tools you can use to preserve family ties at a distance include:

  • Facebook, YouTube and other social media - for sharing photos, videos and quick updates;

  • video chat apps like Skype or FaceTime – for face to face chats at a distance;

  • a blog or a group on a platform like Google+ or Facebook – for sharing more detailed news;

  • video or audio messages – to record a bedtime story, song, or other greeting that a child can play over and over;

  • post card and snail mail or parcel exchanges - these add an extra dimension to virtual communications!

There are no hard and fast rules about how you should go about preserving or strengthening family ties in this complex, globally oriented world. Just think about what media you prefer and what makes you happy! If it works for you and your loved ones, then it's right. And if you try something and it doesn't work for you, that's OK too. Working on family relationships at a distance may be a challenge, but it's not a competition!

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Image credit: Family ties by Michal Jarmoluk/Pixabay ( CC0 1.0 )

Note: This content has been adapted from an original piece by the author, which has since been removed from Seraphic Insights

Image Credit » by jarmoluk

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Feisty56 wrote on September 18, 2015, 6:03 PM

Hello, lady, good to see you here.

Feisty56 wrote on September 18, 2015, 6:05 PM

I found family ties to be very important as I was growing up and have kept that attitude. Now I do what I can to instill it in my grand kids by whatever means possible. Skype and Face Time work particularly well for the grand kids, since tech anything appeals to them.

cmoneyspinner wrote on September 18, 2015, 7:29 PM

I don't have family ties any more. Used to. Severed them. I had my reasons. But of course, everybody blames me because the cords unraveled! I'm not going to argue or try to defend my decisions to move out of the way and go on with my life. I'll let God be the judge. If they decide to make contact with me, trying to reconnect via a computer is unacceptable. My family can speak directly to me face to face or not at all. That's if they really want a reconciliation.

celticeagle wrote on September 18, 2015, 9:27 PM

Some nice ideas Especially with the holidays coming.

LoudMan wrote on September 19, 2015, 6:56 AM

I sometimes wonder what it would've been like to come from a close, loving family.

Last Edited: September 19, 2015, 6:56 AM