Summer Connections Made Easier with Skype

Now that it’s summer, the year seems to be flying by. Doesn’t it always when we’re having fun? With all the activities and travel plans, it can be hard to connect with family. Fortunately for us, we’re not going very far this summer. (With young kids, I end up needing a vacation from our vacation!) But other family members are traveling and the kids still want to chat with Grandma and Grandpa on Skype. I never thought of it before, but staying connected in the summer can be made easier thanks to Skype. Communication is simpler, easier, and cheaper than ever before.

Downloading the Skype app onto my phone has been a real advantage. Now I don’t have to pull out my computer; I simply log on through my phone and can video chat. In fact, I’m usually already logged on, so it’s simply making the connection. If you have an iPad or something similar, that can be even more fun. I don’t have one yet but hopefully I will be getting one soon!

We can use Skype to text message back and forth. It’s especially handy for travel. For one fee a month, the whole family can text. Our kids aren’t quite old enough for their own cell phones, but if they were, I can see where Skype could save a bundle on text messaging costs vs cell phone fees.

This week, I had the chance to try the Group Chat feature. The basic free version of Skype lets you talk face to face via one connection for free. For a small monthly fee, you can chat with multiple people who have group chat. It’s an amazing way to connect to family or take care of business. We’re still hoping to pin down our extended, out-of-state family long enough to schedule a group chat with them. Nate’s sister lives in Georgia with her husband and two kids and Nate’s mom/dad and other siblings are in North Carolina. We love to connect with them and it would be really neat to Skype with everyone at once.

In the meantime, I used Group Chat to connect with some blogging friends. I chatted with Jennifer from Makobi Scribe and Olfa from Our Family World. We had a couple minor technical difficulties (Olfa had to upgrade to the latest version of Skype before we could see her) but it worked out. It was great to talk to these wonderful ladies, who I’ve learned a lot from and we have so much in common too. Setting up the group chat was much easier than I thought. I connected with Jennifer first and once I had her on video chat, I simply went to my main screen and called Olfa too. Easy peasy, we were connected! I love technology!

Skype is an amazing tool. I think some people see technology as something that can pull families apart – kids texting at the dinner table, playing video games, playing phone games; not connecting as family. But it doesn’t have to be that way and Skype shows how technology really can connect us both professionally and personally.

A recent survey shows what Moms think about Skype technology and summer travel:

How do you use Skype? 


Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Skype. I received Skype credits to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. I love Skype – My parents lives in Europe and we talk every weekend and they can see their grandchildren run around etc. Great

  2. I keep hearing about this and it sounds so neat. Thanks for the great information about it.

  3. We still need to Skype one day soon.

  4. melissa says:

    We love Skype- we use it all the time to communicate with my parents!

  5. DenSchool says:

    Love Skype!

  6. I need to upgrade mine! This is on my to do list. It was fun discussing with you though! We will work it out next time.

  7. Yep, Skype has been so handy with family being overseas. We do need to look into group chat though that sounded fairly painless.

    • Yes, it was so much easier than I thought. You can try it for free for 7 days, which is neat – just to see if you like it. If you do, I pay $9.99 a month which I think is very reasonable.

  8. Skype really is a great way to communicate with family & friends who aren’t so close without all the extra junk like games, invites and spam! I live in Florida and my dad lives in Connecticut and I haven’t been there for about 5 years…Skype is perfect for situations like that!

  9. Sherry Compton says:

    I keep hearing about Skype. My grandkids in FL use it so I finally downloaded it. I haven’t used it yet but good to know you like it.

    • Our favorite way to use it is for the kids to talk to their grandparents. It’s so much more personal than a phone call, especially when the kids want to show Grandpa something. It’s awesome!

  10. LOVE Skype! It’s how we communicate with our family members that live in other parts of the country : )

  11. Diana Camden says:

    I love technology. This sounds fun. Thanks for the review and stats. Interesting stuff.

    Diana C

  12. Skype has become an essential AND valuable tool for our household, as I have two sons who are currently serving with the Army and Skype not only allows me to talk to both of them without any long distance charges, but most importantly, I get to SEE them live – which makes me feel like they are still here with me. :)

  13. Amy Orvin says:

    My cousin uses Skype and he loves it. He’s been trying to get me on there.

  14. Nena Sinclair says:

    I love Skype, I cancelled my landline service and use Skype for all my calls and text messages, it’s so much cheaper!

  15. Marti Parks says:

    Skype is the best. I love it!! :)

  16. olivia rubin says:

    my parents got back 2 weeks from Europe. They were there for 13 days on RiverCruise tour and I loved that we were able to Skype! It as the first time we ever used it, and it was so easy to set up an account . It made their distance away seem like no big deal

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