Look To the Western Sky

A blog about single life as a parent & the dreams of a writer by Margo L. Dill

Category: Traveling With Kids

Don’t Let Physical Distance Drive a Wedge Between Loved Ones

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People living in modern society often have to move around the country at some point during their lives. That could happen because they meet someone special, but it might also occur when the individual seeks a better job. Thanks to modern technology, there is no reason that physical distance should cause families to lose touch with each other these days. Any readers with family members who live more than a hundred miles away should benefit from the advice on this page. It’s vital that everyone works hard to keep in touch because family, friends and loved ones are important.

Send written letters with photographs

Lots of folks send emails or texts these days when they want to communicate. While they are cheap and efficient methods, there can be something sterile about receiving a typed message. With that in mind, family members should try their best to send handwritten letters to their loved ones whenever possible. The recipient will appreciate the effort, and it’s likely to mean more to them. That is especially the case if people remember to include photographs of their children. Experts from Silver Bee Photography say that even professional images are not going to break the bank, and they will let the loved one know someone cares.

Communicate via Skype and other video calling tools

Almost everyone has a laptop at home with a webcam, and so you can use these tools to keep in touch. There are many video calling software tools available on the market today that anyone can try. Best of all? Services like Skype don’t require any investment, and the calls go through the WiFi connection. That means there is no need to stress about inflated telephone bills. Also, the family members will get to see each other on the screen, which is fantastic for grandparents, aunties, and uncles with growing nieces and nephews. Some alternatives to Skype include:

 

Arrange family get-togethers at least once each year

Regardless of the distance, all family members should manage to attend a gathering once each year. Some folks might like to call it a reunion. Try to choose a location that’s in the middle of everyone, so that some people don’t have to travel much farther than others. It’s possible to save a fortune on hotel rooms if the entire group books together, and there are lots of other ways in which the family can save money, such as cooking some meals, sharing transportation costs or finding discounted tickets to activities online. At those gatherings and reunions, be sure to take as many photographs as possible and encourage all the kids to play together to create lifetime connections.

With the tips from this post, all families can manage to keep in touch and see each other regularly, even when they live hundreds of miles apart. People can come and go during most people’s lifetimes. However, family members will be there until the bitter end, and so it’s always worth making an effort. Sometimes our links to the past are an important part of creating a future that makes us feel happy and content. How have you kept in touch with family far away? 

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Family Fun in Fort Worth

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If you’re looking for an interesting place to take a vacation with the family in the US, Fort Worth, Texas, might not be your first, second or even third thought, but it is actually a great place for family fun.

Just take a look at these amazing family-friendly attractions that are located in the area to see why it’s a great choice when you have kids in tow:

Forest Park Miniature Railroad

For some reasons, kids just love trains, and they’re sure to love the Forest Park Miniature railroad, which has been entertaining families since 1959. When you hop onboard the mini-train for a fun-filled five-mile round trip through the Trinity Park and TCU Zoo area, you’ll be treated to spectacular views the whole family can appreciate.

SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium

The SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium In Fort Worth is an attraction not to be missed thanks to its distinct family vibe and the over 300 species of interesting marine life, exotic animals and tropical birds, many of which you can get up close and personal with. Educational and fun-filled, this is one attraction that, once visited, you will never forget.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

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The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was set up to provide amazing learning experiences for people of all ages. Within its impressive castle-like walls, you’ll find the awe-inspiring Noble Planetarium, where you can explore the expansive cosmos at leisure; the DinoDig, where you can dig for fossils, like a great archaeologist; and the Omni Theater, which has its own immersive IMAX Dome to spark the imagination and teach you about the mysteries of science and history.

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

If your kids are animal lovers, they’re sure to enjoy a trip to the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, which not only goes a long way to creating the Fort Worth of times gone by with its prairies, wetlands and forests, but which is also home to some pretty special animals, including imposing brown bears. You can hike the 26,000 acres (probably not all of it) at your own leisure, immersing yourselves in the beauty of nature on one of the many fantastic hiking trails within the Center.

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

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The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is sure to be a winner with little boys, in particular. This museum of sorts is dedicated to preserving the memory of the state’s finest cowboys and cowgirls who were amazing at rodeo sports, ranching and basically being tough ole Texans. Of particular interest is the collection of Old West wagons and the Exploratorium, where children can learn a few cowboy skills of their own.

Fort Worth Zoo

Kids love zoos, and the Fort Worth Zoo will not disappoint them with its collection of exotic animals, including primates, rhinos and lesser flamingoes! You can easily spend the whole day here and never get bored.

Fort Worth really is a kid’s paradise. It’s wild, informative, and most importantly lots of fun. The little ones will love it.

Photo at the top from Flickr here.

 

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