How are you staying connected to family this year? Tell us for 1 of 9 chances to win $200!

Update 2/10/2010: This sweepstakes has now ended. Thank you for your interest in this promotion!

With so many tools available, it is easier than ever to stay connected with family members. Yet sometimes it is hard to find the time. Sprint recently asked 8 BlogHers to share their top 10 list for keeping their family connected in 2010.

Read each of their posts listed below to learn how they plan on keeping their family connected, and find out how you can win 1 of 9 $200 Visa gift cards! (one more chance to win right here!)

Leighann of Multi-Minding Mom plans to have family road trips to experience even more together! Her 2009 family travels allowed her children to see the ocean, eat their first whole lobster, and mark off countless states that they have now set foot on.

Pam of Beyond Just Mom makes a date with one child every week in order to stay in touch with all of her children—see what other fun tips she has that you can incorporate!

Ree of Hotfessional plans to stay in touch with her 18-year-old who’s away at college with emails, handwritten notes tucked into care packages, and smoke signals? Read what other ideas she has up her sleeve!

Amy of Doobleh-vay suggests that by families selecting a charity and continuously volunteering during 2010, they "will bond over giving back!”

Sandy of Eat Real feels that “if you make your home a welcoming place for your kids’ and their friends, a place with food and fellowship abound, you’ll be a fixture in their lives.”  See how else she plans to proactively stay connected with her family.

Sierra of ChildWild suggests turning your Facebook, IM, Skype, and Twitter back on! “They don’t have to be distractions from staying connected; they can also be tools. I see my stepson update his Facebook status in the middle of the day and I pause, laugh and think of him."

Read how adding a family pet to the mix and color coordinated duck tape have Tales From The Trenches of Parenting ready to continue family bonding after traveling for the holidays!

Kate of Fabulous @ 50 has decided that 2010 will mark the “return of the dinner table” for her family!  Find out how she plans to develop “mighty thumbs for texting” her kids too!

 

The Palm® Pixi™ is a great way to stay connected and free up time. This compact, enhanced messaging phone helps you organize your work and social life by integrating calendars, contacts, instant messaging and social network sites such as Google™, Facebook, Exchange Active Sync, and now Yahoo! and LinkedIn. The multi-touchscreen with full QWERTY keyboard makes messaging, multi-tasking and searching the Web on Sprint’s dependable 3G network fast and easy. Learn more about the Palm Pixi from Sprint!

Sprint is also sponsoring BlogHer's Family Connections Group, where you can join BlogHer's community journalism project on digital parenting by talking about how you and your family interact with technology. Check it out!

After entering each of the BlogHers’ sweepstakes above, tell us how you are going to stay connected with your family this year. By sharing in the comments area below, you will be entered for a chance to win $200!

Each sweepstakes runs from Jaunary 13th, 2010 through February 9th, 2010 and is only open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older; one entry per person and per email address. No purchase necessary to enter or win. For Official Sweepstakes rules, and details for alternate form of enter, click here>>