I luck out that Brian and I have long since established clear, open lines of communication. Sure, we do communicate frequently through text messages, email, and social media, but we use it in a way that makes sense for us. We also make time to see each other face-to-face. Growing up it was always important to my dad that we ate dinner as a family. This is something we’ve continued with our own family, though there are exceptions here and there. Rissa is still pretty little so it’s easy for us to maintain right now. When our kids get older and get involved in school activities plus their friends, some of our ideals will be a little more challenging. So, we’re laying out the groundwork now.
Our world is becoming increasingly fast paced and digitized. We are busy even though most of us would like to have more meaningful time together. Or maybe you need help communicating more effectively with your children. Whatever the case may be, you can have a close, communicative family with the right tools and a willingness to work together. Me In a Tree utilizes technology and interactive games and activities to help families bridge gaps so they can reconnect and become closer. They have several helpful tools and resources to help any family. Some may be better suited for you than others, so use the ones that are fitting.
Family Huddle gets everyone on the same page about schedules and other important family matters while communicating in a positive way. The calendar also helps your family organize activities, responsibilities, and events. When everyone knows what is expected of them when it is easier to get those things done without creating tension. We personally have set up a different calendar sharing system but it’s only between Brian and I at this point. Find what works for you! (Though you can sync your Google or Outlook calendar which is a nice option.) The Pledge Stone is sort of like your family’s mission statement. It’s a great way to recognize and appreciate your family’s unique qualities.
One of the trickiest things for busy families to figure out is what to do during quality family time. I know other families that are way busier than us, but even we struggle with this from time to time. Movie and game nights are good to have, but not all the time. It sort of loses it’s appeal then because it’s less special. Unfortunately, a lot of families are unsure how to make the most of their time together and often veg in front of the television.
The Family Things to Do app helps you find activities to do. It’s not always easy to keep up on local family activities and can be time consuming to seek them out on your own. This helps your family save time that’s better used together enjoying each other! And it’s also includes date night – mom and dad need time together too. I was impressed that it listed my exact city and not just the closest big city. Though be sure to double check places before heading out since I saw a few businesses listed under places to go that have been closed or gone for several months.
Me In a Tree is committed to fostering united families and gives 10% back to family and child centered non-profit organizations. They’ve designed their tools and resources for families by families. Besides the ones I mentioned above, they also have a journal, assessments to learn your family’s strengths and weaknesses, and My Duties to make completing chores a bit more fun.
The site has potential. It is still in beta which means it’s still new and continually being developed. There are more apps and resources on the way and the site navigation will continue to improve as well.
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