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Home : Feed Your Spirit : Your Life, Better
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10 Ways to Stay Close to Your Family

Written by Donna Schaper

We see them every day, but that doesn't mean we’re always as close as we'd like to be.  Here are ten ways to bond with your family in the midst of everyone's busy days.


1
Send a funny email during the day.

Mention particulars: what the dog did, what the cat ate, whether last night's dinner was good.  Let your good mood be contagious.


2
Make the best macaroni and cheese you can for dinner.

Or pork chops.  Or pancakes.


2
Offer to pick someone up at work or school, even when you don't have to.

Provide car service and/or walk them home.


4
Pay real attention.

Pay focused attention, not divided attention, to at least two sentences per day spoken by your loved ones.  What are they really saying?  What are you really hearing?


5
Make extravagant preparations for a vacation three months away.

Get everyone involved.


6
Confess a sin or a goof.

Make it a good story.  Entertain others with your perfidy and imperfections.


7
If you are married with reservations, find your wedding album.

Give it a good, long look.


8
Buy a lot of Tupperware and prepare superb lunches for people.

Make their favorites, just to their liking.


9
Hum. Or whistle.

Refuse to be a part of the malaise, even if you have to fake it.


10
Care for your parents.

Relate to your parents the way you want your children to care for you when you are older. 

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