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1001 Tips for Military Families – #427

Four Ways to Stay in Touch – Tip #427

 Guest Post By: Heather Smith

As a military family you are used to the nomadic lifestyle and with each move it seems to get harder. You tend to make friends and build bonds that you did not intend. Once you know it’s time to go, you start to prepare for your move. Have no worries there are 4 ways you can keep in contact with your loved ones after the move:

Skype: Probably the most entertaining and easy way to keep in contact with your friends and family is the online video chat. Signing up for an account is fast and easy. You can pay for a premium account to get pay less on international calls or stick to the free version which makes free phone calls to other Skype users. All you need to do is to get your friends and family to sign up too. The video and voice is very clear and easy to work. This is the next best thing to sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee with them in their living room.

Facebook: With over 800 million users it’s no wonder that Facebook is the number one social media program for the world. Facebook is like your online scrapbook. Posting pictures and posting updates will keep your family and friends connected to you at all times. You are able to read and see everything they are doing, so that you never feel left out.

Blog: Blogging is very good for the soul. It is a wonderful way to voice your feelings and relive your uncertainties. Not only can bogging be very therapeutic but it is a great form of communication for your past loved ones living in different cities. Your readers and fans are able to view your posts and comment on them. Instead of calling 6 of your closest friends about the most recent news you can blog and share with your friends.

Letters: When is the last time you sat down to write a handwritten letter, place it in an envelope, address it and lick a stamp? Believe it or not snail mail is making a comeback in communication. There is something healing and nostalgic about writing letters as your form of correspondence. That feeling of anticipation of receiving a response letter can be exciting! So grab a pen and paper and start writing, it’s guaranteed you will get hooked.

As hard as it can be to leave friends and family more frequently then you want too, thank goodness we live in a world where technology thrives and the old fashioned ways still exist. So log on or pick up a pen and keep in touch. It can be hard but also fun when you find a new way to keep connected to your loved ones!

Author Bio

Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to nanny service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.

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3 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on Thoughts From An American Woman and commented:
    This blog has great tips on how to handle Military deployments and separations. And while you are checking out the latest tip visit their page http://www.whileyouwereaway.org. The “While You Were Away” series of books and journals are designed to support families experiencing periods of prolonged absence or deployment, moving, re-integration or just life as a military family. Books and journals, as well as professional training and/or workshops, are available for families, educators, support workers (such as school liaison officers, deployment specialists, social workers, families, parents and anyone involved in supporting military families). You can also follow them on Facebook – While You Were Away.

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