People get really emotional when they debate. Unintentionally, we speak. When tragedy strikes, families split up. Or, when life becomes busy, we forget to schedule time to keep in touch. Family members might drift away for a variety of reasons, but there are a few simple strategies that can bring them back together. Whether you’re attempting to repair broken romantic ties or family relationships that have grown distant, the foundations of communicating with family members remain the same. Sharing experiences, being truthful, and communicating are key. The best gift you can give your loved ones is not jewelry or technology, but rather, your presence. Being fully present and relishing every second with them will do more to promote intimacy and bonding than anything else. So put your phones away, turn off the television, and hurry over here. Feel all of your emotions, both good and bad. Make a note of the flavors, aromas, and sounds that you have never experienced before. Engage in discussion with your spouse and children. Giving the gift of your presence to family members is one of the best ways to reconnect with them. When you talk to someone, are you really listening? Or do you still sit there thinking about your own response? Most people mostly listen to themselves speak. Deep listening is necessary to be present, which is important. It’s one of the most important skills you’ll need if you want to improve your family ties and develop in your career. Instead of expressing your own opinions, make eye contact, give nonverbal hints, and ask questions. You could learn something new.