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Keeping Your Family Together Amidst Social Distancing

Countries around the world have been fighting their own battle against the coronavirus pandemic for a number of months now. Because there isn’t a cure for it yet, the next best option we all have is to avoid spreading the virus. One common method utilized by all the countries in order to do this has been social distancing, requiring people to avoid coming into close contact with others. And while this does help lessen the chances of getting the virus, it has forced people to stay in and even stay apart from others. So, with all the distance and isolation, how does one keep their family together?

Take Advantage of Technology

For some people, social distancing may mean that you’ll have to stay apart from your family members. For other people, it may mean you’ll have to stay in with your family in the meantime. If your family happens to be apart, you still don’t have to worry. With the advent of technology, there are several ways to keep in touch now. So, you can always chime in on family members that are far away from you with the help of a messaging app. Maybe you can even make a chat group for your family members, so you’re all still somehow together. While it may not be as good as having them there in person, it’s at least a better alternative than not having them there at all.

Cabin Fever

Social distancing will force people to stay in. And while this is for the best, it will also take its toll on a lot of people. It’ll definitely be harder for some people staying in, but there are still some things you can do to help. Aside from keeping in touch with your family members that are away from you, you’ll also have to be there for the family that you live with.

Cabin fever is bound to set in, but you can still mitigate that. Patience is something you’ll need a lot of, especially since you’ll be in one place for a pretty long time. So, it’s best you just understand your family members and respect that maybe they’ll need space sometimes too. But at the same time, always be ready to just be there for them. Maybe they’ll want to talk, or maybe they’ll want company, but the least you can do for them is just let them know you’re there.

Life will be different for the next few weeks or even months, so you’ll definitely have to adjust. Aside from all the precautions, you’ll need to take to avoid getting the virus, you’ll also have to do your best to help keep your family together and support everyone. It’ll definitely be hard, but it’s the least you can do for them.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at

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