1. Create a family website. Post pictures or a slide show; or post reminders, share news and note events.
2. Pick up two event tickets to something your child would like so you can spend one-on-one time together.
3. Get Grandma on MSN or a page on Facebook so she can “talk,” too.
4. If your partner is away on business, send a package to the hotel with a love note from you, pictures from the kids and favourite snacks and treats.
5. Kids love a ride. Get a family transit pass so that you can make stops for lunch, at the library or even just for an ice cream.
6. Send a TLC care package to a college or university student living away from home.
7. Start a Family Book Club. Let everyone have a turn picking age-appropriate books to read and discuss.
8. If your friends are scattered across the country, e-mail letters, with everyone adding on a paragraph or two about what’s going on in his or her life.
9. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation, but just a quick call at lunchtime lets your partner or a friend know you’re thinking of them.
10. Dinnertime is the perfect time to share a story or talk about your day with other family members.
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