Keeping Family Close with Skype Video Calling

Living apart from family can be very difficult at times. Two of my sisters live in Florida and another in Texas. My son, now a young adult, lives in Tennessee near his father and sisters. My sisters who live in Florida get to spend quite a bit of time together, and it’s hard to not be a wee bit jealous of that time they get together. As far as my son goes, well, lets just say it’s a total bummer not getting to hug him everyday. No matter how old our kids get, they never stop being our babies. And I miss that big kid something terrible.

Keeping Family Close with Skype Video Calling

Many years ago, I lived all over the country as a young military spouse. And I’m sure that I’m aging myself by saying this, but Skype video calling didn’t exist yet. I found myself feeling very disconnected from my friends and family. Fast forward to today, and although the miles are still between us, I feel like my relationships are closer and better than ever thanks in great part to Skype.

Having the ability to both see and listen as we share the events of the day, swap stories, share secrets, and tell jokes is priceless. Video calling has helped me to maintain relationships and feel like I’m not missing out on quite so much.

Skype with Sid

{My son coming in close for a discussion while we Skype.}

I just love it when my son pops in for a quick video chat just to say hello or goodnight. What mother wouldn’t love to see that face? A video call will never replace having my son back home with me, but it certainly is the next best thing.

Do you have a stay together story?

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Skype wants to send you to see your friends and family who are far away with the Skype “Stay Together” Contest! This is a skill Contest and the theme is “Stay Together.” The object is to best describe how you use Skype to stay in communication with faraway family and friends. Submitting your story makes you eligible for a chance to win a $10,000 United Airlines travel gift certificate, and the winner will be featured in a Skype Stay Together story (“Story”).” Click here to learn more about how to enter, eligibility, winner determination and prizing. Entry Period: This Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on June 20, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm PT on July 22, 2013 (“Entry Period”).

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  1. We use Skype all of the time w/ grandparents. My little man is growing so quickly and they can’t visit, so they love to see him on Skype. It’s always a fun time.

  2. Skype is one of the best inventions ever- my friends hubby was in Afghanistan for 2 years but they were able to Skype almost daily :)

  3. I’ve never used Skype before, all of my family live pretty close to me, but I think it’s neat to be able to see and talk to your loved ones like that :)

  4. Our family <3's skype! it was a blessing to have during my hubbies year deployment overseas!

  5. Fortunately, I live close to all of my family. But Skype has been a fun way to keep in touch with my blogging friends scattered throughout the US.

  6. Skype has been our savior with my family overseas. We feel like we haven’t missed to much of my little cousins growing up.

  7. It’s like a virtual hug from the ones we love!

  8. Gosh yes I do remember what is was like before Skype. Our family uses it all the time

  9. We use Skype to keep in touch with our entire family! Living so far away from loved ones can be hard, but Skype totally helps keep us stay close to our family!

  10. We have friends in Hong Kong and Skype is an awesome way to keep in touch! We also have a lot of family out of state and it is great for the kids to be able to see them face to face.

  11. We love skype! It is great even when it’s just for a quick face to face via the computer during the day with my family.

  12. Skype is great for this! My family live all over the world so I really appreciate how the Internet has given us tools to stay in touch better.

  13. Skype is awesome to use to keep in touch with our far flung loved ones. We use it all the time.

  14. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I have never used Skype, but now that my sons have moved into their own households and are either in another state or 300 miles upstate I may change my mind. It does sound like a wonderful way to keep in touch.

  15. So cool! Skype totally rocks! My son recently discovered it and boy is he in love!

  16. I use Skype when I travel, it’s an inexpensive way to stay connected.

  17. Skype is awesome! We use it with my in-laws because they live 3 hours away. Makes you feel a lot closer!

  18. We love Skype. There have been times when my husband is traveling and one of the kids needs help with a calculus problem and he has been able to help them over Skype.

  19. We love skype…use it all the time. The boys have friends across different states and call them with skype all the time and we always call our family in Germany; that’s the only way to stay in touch with grandparents …love it

  20. I really need to set up more Skype dates with my inlaws, who still miss their grandchildren in between visits although they are just four hours away.

  21. I love skype, especially when I am gone on work trips. Great way to keep in touch with my daughter.

  22. I’ve been using skype since it was a pretty new service. It’s been great all these years for me.

  23. Catherine Shaw says:

    This is such a great technology. I really have to start using it — though I rather dread having my face on screen at certain times of day!

  24. I love that Skype is able to help us keep in touch with those we love.

  25. My husband and I use skype to keep in touch whenever one of us is away. It makes it easier to be away from the kids when you can video chat with them.

  26. Devin Platt says:

    Skype is great for chatting, if both parties internet connections are good enough. If one person lives in a rural area with little bandwidth, it doesn’t work so well :(

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