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How is Technology Helping Bring Families Together?

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While you might have heard that technology is tearing apart famlies, today’s writer Rachael Pace explains that tech can have a lot of benefits within the home. It’s just a matter of knowing how to best use or monitor it as a parent to help rather than hurt relationships with your child. So, how is technology helping bring families together?

Tech’s Impact on Family Life

Picture this. You bring everyone together in the living room for a great family game night. You put a favorite board game on the table and are ready for fun.

The only problem is, your kids can’t seem to look away from their phones long enough to play the game.

Yes, with cell phones acting as a constant distraction, statistics and studies reveal that social media use lowers face to face interactions between family members and encourages depression. It’s no wonder parents are upset about technology in the family unit.

But the truth is, tech doesn’t have to have a negative thing in your family life. In fact, when used right, it can be very beneficial.

Don’t let technology hurt your family. Instead, learn how to use it well with these 7 parenting tips about how technology can bring your family together, instead of pushing them apart.

  1. Bring Families Together over Distances

Whether you take a lot of work-related trips that keep you away from home or your oldest has moved away to college, technology can be a great way to keep in touch.

For example, face to face apps can have you as close to “in person” as possible with the click of a button. Skype is also great for those who are abroad or traveling somewhere where phone-use is limited or restricted. A great thing about Skype is that the only thing you need to stay in touch is a Wi-Fi connection.

  1. Family Game Night

Do you have a weekly family game night? If not, one of our biggest parenting tips is to start this weekly tradition. And here’s why.

Regular time with family has been shown to help improve a child’s cognitive development and linguistic skills. Playing games together has also been shown to boost hand-eye coordination and build upon other important skills. Those skills include math, reasoning, and problem-solving. Besides being a powerful tool in helping bring families together, credible marriage courses claim it to be a great relationship satisfaction booster between couples too.

Not only is game night good for staying close and deepening family ties, but it’s now easier than ever to plan it! With just a few online searches, you can find lots of ideas to entertain your family.

  1. How is Technology Helping Communication?

While millennials and Generation Z’s are less likely to interact in person with friends than their parents were at their age, that doesn’t mean they don’t like communicating with loved ones.

In fact, they crave constant contact with friends and family.

Technology makes it easy for family members to always stay in communication. A simple text, for example, can let you know that your child got home safe from their friend’s house. Or it can stop your worries about their whereabouts.

Texting and social media messaging can also make it easier for your teen to talk to you about things they might otherwise find uncomfortable or embarrassing.

  1. Sharing and Saving Memories

Most parents agree that there is nothing like flipping through a physical photo album and reliving the memories within its pages.

However, social media is the new photo album. On social media apps like Instagram, for instance, you can upload and share family pics. Each photo has a special memory.

This is a great way to keep track of important life events, such as having a baby. Then share these moments with extended family around the world. According to marriage courses it is also a great way to improve emotional intimacy between couples, as they remember happy times.

  1. How is Technology Helping Kids with Homework?

The internet can definitely help kids in school. There’s a lot of info at your child’s fingertips about history, science, math, and English, all online.

One of our biggest parenting tips is not to avoid technology. Embrace it, instead!

If your boy or girl comes to you for help with homework, use the internet. Have a research session with your kid right then and there.

The internet can be very useful for children who are visual learners. Many YouTube videos tutor and teach children how to do anything, including complex math. Learning about history and biology can also be much easier to understand with visual tools online.

  1. Easier to Get Help

Another one of our favorite parenting tips is using tech to improve safety. So, how is technology helping make things safer for the whole family? A few examples are:

  • Alarm monitoring system keeps your family safe at home
  • With GPS, get your family there by car easily
  • Call 911 from your smartphone
  • Look online about raising children
  • Easily search online about health problems
  • GPS trackers and “find my phone” apps make keeping an eye on loved ones easier
  • Bank apps and wireless payments lower risks of being robbed while taking money out of banks
  • Call Uber or Lyft to prevent drunk or unsafe driving
  • Children can call parents whenever they want to
  1. Lots of Family Entertainment

How we watch shows is changing quickly. While TV and movie nights are still popular with families, the way we watch them are different than before.

How is technology helping those activities? There’s Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube videos now. Many trivia games and quizzes online can bring families together too.

Technology can also be fun for parents and kids at the same time. Active families who snowboard, sled, play outdoor sports together or riding bikes can also benefit from health apps and wristbands. These tech gadgets can help track health goals and encourage you to continue being active together.

Final Words on Technology Helping Families

In summary, technology doesn’t have to pull your loved ones apart. Instead, let it bring families together! Traveling family members can stay in touch with video chats. And social media can be a great way to save and share special memories. Lastly, you can also use technology to plan family game nights and other activities.

Smiling Rachel Pace

Today’s guest writer, Rachel Pace.

About the Writer

Rachael Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.

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37 Comments

  1. Brigitte Giunta April 25, 2019

    This is interesting Christy

    Reply
    1. Christy B April 28, 2019

      Technology is certainly improving quickly!

    2. Brigitte Giunta April 28, 2019

      Welcome
      That is true

    3. Christy B April 30, 2019

      :)

  2. NRI Marriage Bureau April 26, 2019

    Great post!

    Reply
    1. Christy B April 28, 2019

      I hope you’re having a nice weekend :)

  3. freeadsbox April 26, 2019

    Nice, Keep It Up.

    Reply
    1. Christy B April 28, 2019

      Appreciate the support.

  4. Norah April 26, 2019

    It’s good to hear some positive suggestions for using technology, Christy. I think a games night, whether using technology or not, is great for bringing people together.

    Reply
    1. Christy B April 28, 2019

      Absolutely! We had one recently (cards, actually) and it was a blast.

    2. Norah April 29, 2019

      Awesome!

    3. Christy B April 30, 2019

      :D

  5. OIKOS™-Publishing April 26, 2019

    Thank you very much for showing all the benefits of modern technology. Michael

    Reply
    1. Christy B April 28, 2019

      Without tech I never would have met you!

    2. OIKOS™-Publishing April 28, 2019

      So true, Christy! Isnt it wonderful! But here in Germany – as our officials think and say – we are light years away from digitizing our state. Sometimes i have to agree, because in the states organisation we are acting like in Old Prussia.:-)
      We have officials who don’t even seem to know what a fax device is. As the French writer Henry de Balzac said:
      If you cannot bequim your child a fortune and nothing else of value, please do not let them become a civil servant. Lol

    3. OIKOS™-Publishing April 28, 2019

      I hope i have not shocked you? Let me wish you a wonderful upcoming week, Christy. Best wishes, Michael

    4. Christy B April 30, 2019

      No shock only friendship here :) Thanks and enjoy your week too, Michael!

    5. OIKOS™-Publishing April 30, 2019

      😀😀

  6. Sageleaf April 27, 2019

    Game night. Ooh…you know, you gave me an idea. My parents live 1500 miles away, and my dad is pretty savvy with technology. We Facetime a lot, but…it might be fun to find some sort of app that we could both log into and play some game together. Hmm, thanks for the idea! I will have to look into that. 💚 I hope you have a wonderful weekend, dear friend! Take time to enjoy the sunshine☀️☀️☀️

    Reply
    1. Christy B April 28, 2019

      Oh that’s so cool that you and your dad might do a virtual game together, YES! Yay for family fun :D Aw, thanks, it has been lovely weather today and I went for a great walk around a local bog. There were ducks and lots of birds. Love nature! I hope your weekend is going well too xo

  7. Amy Caudill April 27, 2019

    Whenever we can get everyone together, which is harder now that the kids are out on their own, we like to play Jack Box, a group of games that requires a TV with Internet access, and a smartphone for each player. My husband and kids also log in on their computers to team up in online games. They don’t have to be face to face or even in the the same city to spend time together.

    Reply
    1. Christy B April 28, 2019

      I hadn’t even heard of Jack Box before, Amy! OMG I’ll have to look into it :D

  8. enkodetechnologies May 1, 2019

    It’s good to in reading some positive suggestions

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 2, 2019

      Exactly! Tech isn’t all problematic!

  9. hideeewp May 3, 2019

    Great

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 5, 2019

      Thanks

  10. Rabindranath Pradhan May 4, 2019

    Wonderful post.

    Reply
  11. Jayashree Jerin May 4, 2019

    Your post is interesting and has the potential to create positive impact on those who fear technology..

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 5, 2019

      Let’s hope it’s encouraging of the benefits of technology :)

    2. Jayashree Jerin May 5, 2019

      It will..

  12. Mackenzie May 15, 2019

    I love this article. Being on the go a lot, I have met friends all over the country and the only way we keep in touch is by technology.
    You mentioned that sometimes when people try to do game night they might not be able to get there children to get off their phones. Do you think it’s rude to text while at the dinner table or someone is trying to have a conversation with you?

    Reply
    1. Christy B May 16, 2019

      It depends on the relationship with the person, honestly. If one person brings out their phone then the assumption could be that you can too. But if you two discuss no technology at the table and then the other person still brings out their phone, then in my opinion it’s disrespectful.

    2. Mackenzie May 16, 2019

      I have found this Bible principal that has helped me to realize that I need to focus more on the conversation than my phone. It’s at Ecclesiastes 3:1; it says: “There is a appointed time for everything.” Do you that this is practical information?

    3. Christy B May 17, 2019

      That’s wonderful inspiration, Mackenzie. Some things are certainly worthy of our focus and respect.

    4. Mackenzie May 21, 2019

      Exactly. I have found an article that has helped me put technology in it place, so to speak. The article has being really beneficial for me and my family. Would you like me to send it to you?

    5. Mackenzie May 23, 2019

      Because I have found some practical information about technology. May I sure it with you?

  13. Mackenzie May 21, 2019

    Exactly. I have found an article that has helped me put technology in it place, so to speak. The article has being really beneficial for me and my family. Would you like me to send it to you?

    Reply

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