How Do Adult Children Stay Close To Their Parents?
December 5, 2010 7:47 PM Subscribe
When I lived at home before college, I had a close bond with my parents and sibling. Over the years we have grown apart. How do you maintain close connections with family that lives far away?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (21 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
There are very few problems in my relationship with my nuclear family. We all have similar interests, similar values, make each other laugh. The time that we do spend together we enjoy. But I live in a city fairly far away from my parents & sibling, and can only visit every few months. So I have two questions: how can I maintain a close relationship even when I'm far away, and how can I make the most of the time we are together?
My parents don't use email much and I have a phobia of talking on phones. We all try to push ourselves on these fronts, but the results are generally unsatisfying. I want to have a close relationship. So many people have dysfunctional relationships with their family - my parents did a great job, I love them, and I know I won't have them forever. I mean, hopefully I'll have them for a while (I am only 24) but that's no reason to take them for granted.
What are some things - methods of communication, activities, habits - that work for you?