More than ever, Americans are moving far from home as they grow older, spreading out across the country as they pursue education, jobs and/or careers, romantic partners, and sometimes just good old fashioned lifestyle changes. It is not uncommon for parents of three in suburban Milwaukee to have one kid in Chicago, one kid in Oregon, and the third kid in Boston. They all might have had different reasons for going, and â you would never know it now â but some may eventually decide to return home, and move back to Milwaukee when they consider life steps like having a family. But still â for now, everyone is spread out, and family life can become difficult or strained. It is one thing when the children are in college. This is a time when there are regulated breaks for summer vacation, spring break, the December holidays, and major holidays like Thanksgiving and Easter. The kids might come home on a slightly even schedule, or they might skip a break to go to Cancun with their friends, or to meet their significant other’s parents. But overall, there is still a natural rhythm to the breaks.
But after your kids are out of college, this is no longer true. Jobs with two-week annual vacations, expensive plane tickets, and the family obligations of significant others all make it so that family visits can be down to once, or maybe twice, a year â tops. This can be sad for the parents and children alike. But while high mobility could easily tear families apart, advances in technology that have made services like satellite Internet possible are making them closer than ever.
This is because with satellite Internet, you can stay in touch with your family as if they were living two blocks away. First of all, you can use satellite Internet to send them quick messages throughout the day. When you have some downtime at work, you can send your sister a quick email to see how she is handling the new job. When you are waiting to see the dentists and bored of all of the 4-month-old lame magazine subscriptions, you can access satellite Internet with your cell phone and send an email to your son at college.
You can also use satellite Internet to chat with loved ones across the country. There are independent services like MSN instant messenger or AOL instant messenger (AIM). You can both sign up for accounts and chat that way. Or, many email services now provide free chat abilities between subscribers. That way, when you are casually checking your email, if your mom sees that you are online, she can send you a quick message just to say hello! It is these frequent, mundane interactions that help maintain the feeling of closeness between family members, even across great distances. You can also set up video chat services. Some computers have webcams and microphones built-in, but if yours does not, they are a pittance to buy. You will feel like you are sitting face-to-face.
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