If your children are a little older and you trust them to have their own text-capable phone, a low-effort way to stay connected is through group chats, where you can have one long-running conversation with family members. This can be through your standard text message app or other messaging platforms that are compatible with multiple devices and software. Through family group chats, you can also teach your children good digital conversational etiquette, which will serve them well in the future. If the grandparents or aunts and uncles aren’t super tech savvy, you can have your children teach them, maybe even through video-chat tutoring sessions. That way, your child and relatives can bond and your family members will learn new skills that make it easier for you to communicate with them too. You can keep track of the conversation on your phone or watch and even mute the conversation so you don’t get overwhelmed with alerts. Using parental controls you can also keep a handle on how much your children are texting and set limits around phone use and screen time during meals, bedtime and when homework needs to get done. Even if the adults don’t stop chatting at bedtime, your kids can get some sleep and catch up on the conversation in the morning.