In the past, families stayed connected with each other by having family dinners. Conversations around the dining table set the stage for open communication, touching base on how family members spent their day and questions and concerns that may be going on. Back then, the average family had "family dinners" six times a week. Now, the average family sits down together for dinner once a week. When Lon Woodbury asked his guest, Kevin Strauss, the creator of Family eJournal, an interactive website designed to promote family communication, what has changed and why the breakdown in family communication, Kevin was quick to reply, "Everyone is just so busy!" The digital age has everyone texting and communicating thru I phones, FaceBook and Twittering, but it is not the same kind of 'value or quality' that invokes thoughts and feelings and they end up feeling like they are less connected.
The Family eJournal is an free online site for families, ages 8 and up that provides a new set of four basic and generic questions daily, that are posted and family members respond online. When they read and respond to the questions, they can share their thoughts and feelings with one another, which create a new rapport, familiarity and a connection occurs. Unlike other websites, FEJ helps guide written communication which in turn leads to improved face to face communication. Kids nowadays are texting with their friends or others, but what they need is the 'heart to heart communication'.
When going over examples of how Family eJournal works, one thing was certain, the possibilities are endless. FEJ can be used when family members are deployed overseas, for families of divorce, for sons or daughters starting their first year at college, for families all living in the same home and the list goes on and on.
To join Family eJournal it is very easy, the website walks you through the set up process and you can add as many family members as you want. You can also make it multi-generational by adding grandparents. Kevin's reference to the eJournal is "like having family dinner online."
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is the owner/founder of Woodbury Reports Inc. and www.strugglingteens.com
. He has worked with families and struggling teens since 1984 and is the host of Parent Choices for Struggling Teens
is the creator and president of Family eJournal, an interactive website that promotes family communication. Each day a new set of four questions are posted and family members respond online. When you read your family members answers, a new rapport, familiarity and connection occurs. Kevin Strauss has his Master's in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has worked for 20 years in the areas of orthopaedic implant research and development, has earned 30 patents and won awards for innovation.
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