May 08, 2020 3 min read

5 Ways to Strengthen Family Ties During a Pandemic

A few months ago, like most people, you have probably been living your normal busy life. And except for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions, you may not have always been consciously thinking of all your family members, including your mainly because, well, they were there all the time or you can go and see them whenever you want. 

 

Sadly, that’s no longer the case. With the pandemic affecting the world, quarantine and social distancing have become the norm. No longer can you drive to your parents’ home on weekeds or meet your brother or sister for coffee. Things that you used to take for granted, you could only hope for today. 

 

Now, more than ever, is the time to connect with your family members wherever they may be - to make sure they’re all right, and more importantly, for them to know that you care for them. Here are some of the things that you can do to strengthen family connection during these tough times.

 

  1. Hold Regular Family Conference Calls

Thanks to technology, you won’t have to spend a lot of money to talk to your loved ones. If you are a big family with members living in different areas, you can schedule regular video calls when it’s convenient for all of you. This may not come close to actually spending time with them but it’s an excellent way to have everyone “together” and catch up. 

 

  1. Have Virtual Game Nights

If you live with your family, you can have some old school fun with some board or card games. If they are away right now, you can always try the virtual counterparts of games you enjoy playing like Boggle with Friends, Scrabble Go, Monopoly, or even UNO. 

 

  1. Stream Movies at the Same Time

While it’s still impossible for you to go to the movies with your family, it does not mean you should miss out on the fun that is watching your favorite films or shows with them. There are a couple of ways to go about this - one is to go on a video call, choose a movie and start watching at the same time. You can also opt to give Netflix’s answer to social distancing problems - Netflix Party! You can all take turns choosing what you’ll watch to make it more fun.

 

  1. Do a Bake-Off or a Cook-Off

Why not learn or hone a skill while you’re stuck at home? You can do it in different ways. For one, your mom can challenge you and your siblings to replicate her “famous” recipe. You can also watch the latest episode of your favorite cooking competition show and do the same challenge. If you and your family live in the same town or city, try to see if there’s a way you can send the food you made to each other. If there’s none, you can just send pictures of your dishes to each other. 

 

  1. Send Thoughtful Gifts

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or Christmas to send heartwarming gifts to your family? When times are difficult, personalized gifts can instantly bring joy to your loved ones. Here are some great ideas for customized gifts:

 

  • A watch for your dad, brother, husband, uncle, or grandpa
  • A journal for your niece or nephew
  • Jewelry for your mom, sister, wife, aunt, or grandma
  • A music box for your daughter

 

No one has anticipated something as drastic as this pandemic happening to the world. But if there’s one thing that it has taught us all, it’s that nothing is more important than your family. So don’t let this pandemic and social distancing keep you from showing your family how much you care about them. Remember that whether it’s calling them every morning or surprising them with personalized gifts just because, there’s always something you can do to strengthen your ties with the ones you love most. 

 


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