Today I want to talk to you about staying connected. Anyone who follows my blog or social media pages probably can tell that family is really important to me. Glam Media asked me to share a little with you on the role staying connected with loved ones far away plays in my life, and how Skype plays a role in that. The past few years we’ve had a number of close friends and family members move away which has been hard, especially for our daughter. While it’s never easy to have loved ones far away, I have to say we live in a really amazing time when it comes to technology. When I was growing up, you could call or write letters to those far away, that was about it for options. Today we can text message, email, keep up on social media sites, and best of all we can talk to each other while while being able to see each other. Skype lets us keep in touch in such a wonderfully personal way, letting the miles between us fade away and allowing us to actually spend time together. It’s pretty darn amazing if you ask me.
Check out this great video to see how Julia, a 10 year old girl in Los Angles, uses Skype to stay connected with best friend and Brazilian cousin.
I just happen to have my very own fun loving, crazy, blonde dancing 1o year old girl who also loves to use Skype as well. We use it to help keep her in touch with those who aren’t nearby. She loves to talk to her aunt and uncle who live in Tucson, Arizona. They are both high school science teachers and my daughter is pretty fascinated by all things science. We are all committed to helping foster her love of science and talking via Skype allows them to not only discuss what she did in school or what burning science questions she may have (that mom can’t answer!), but it allows for the favorite childhood activity of show and tell to be a part of the conversation! She loves to see what they have to show her when they talk, sometimes getting to take a look inside their classrooms, and she usually has a pile of things she is anxious and ready to show them, from interesting rocks she’s found to school projects she’s working on. I truly enjoy watching these conversations when they occur, and it warms my heart to see her not only stay connected with family, but that distance doesn’t stop them from watching her grow up, something kids do entirely too quickly.
My daughter enjoys staying in touch with her favorite dance teacher / family friend who has gone out of state to collage. Skype not only lets them catch up, but every now and then a little dance lesson or technical instruction can get worked in as well. It also makes all the difference for her in missing people who are far away. There is just something so special about actually seeing them that helps make those months between visits seem so much more bearable. We’ve even used Skype as a fun way of surprising my daughter when her dance teacher has come home for an unexpected visit. Nothing like thinking you are in your room talking to your friend across the country only to realize that on closer inspection, she is actually sitting in your living room talking to you!
My daughter and I also love to use Skype when we travel to stay in touch with family as well as friends. You have to admit that it’s pretty cool to be able to show your best friend where you are while on vacation! Sometimes the kids in her class even use it to work on school projects together! It really wows me how technology has created a world so different from the one I grew up in.
If you want to learn more about Skype and how you can Stay Together with your loved ones, head over to http://skypestaytogether.com/. They even have an awesome contest where you can submit your own story for a chance to win a $10,000 travel voucher to visit your family. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit about how Skype helps my family stay together.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skype via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skype.