In our family, the 4th of July is celebrated with an annual family reunion at the beach. It is an event not to be missed with anywhere from 20-40 members of our extended family in attendance that we look forward to it every year. But this year, something was missing — Dad.
We could not have been happier when my husband accepted a new job with NASCAR this spring. Until we noticed that the 4th of July is a work day for the company. It makes sense, of course, one of the biggest races of the year is that week, but still my heart sank. No 4th of July…
After much thought, it was decided that I would spend the entire week of the 4th at the beach with my parents. Since hubs would be working during the day anyway, we might as well spend the week there. It sounded like a good plan in May, but as it got closer K (and Mommy) grew wistful of leaving Daddy for so long.
Luckily, I knew that we could Skype Daddy anytime we missed him. Yeah for video chatting!
Throughout the week, we were able to Skype Daddy to tell him about swimming in the ocean, making shell crafts and K catching her first fish. Not only could he hear the excitement in my daughter’s squeals, but he could see her crazy expressions too.
On the 4th of July, we were especially missing Dad when I had the brilliant idea to Skype him into the party. Pulling up the Skype app on my phone, we were able to pass him around to all of the guests so everyone had a chance to wish him well and let him know how much he was missed. At least for a few minutes, he was part of the celebration.
Skype is a great way to stay connected with family while traveling or even family that lives far away. Especially with small children, there is nothing like a little face to face time – or screen to screen time to stay connected. Because you can use Skype with any smartphone, tablet or computer there’s no reason to lose touch with family when you are on the go this summer.
The info graphic below talks about how moms view technology, and you can count me in all of the percentages below. I whole heartily agree that technology has the ability to bring us closer together and share special moments. What about you?
Disclosure – I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Skype. I received Skype credits to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.