It is generally acknowledged that families are now not as close as they used to be. What are the possible reasons for this and what can be done to reverse this trend.
The reason for this may involve three major aspects.
Firstly, working parents spend the vast majority of their time in their offices or even work overtime at home, since they aim to ensure an advantageous position in the fierce competition.
Consequently, they have little time left for communication with other family members, which possibly results in the increasing alienation in the family.
A similar case also happens to children, who are often sent to boarding school and back home once a week, even once a month.
Finally, even if some other young children stay at home with their parents, most of them would be induced to watch TV or play some exciting computer games or char with faraway friends online instead of sitting around a table to start an intimate talk with other members.
So the overuse of modern technological devices is also contributing to the increasing family indifference these days.
To solve this problem, I think, the crucial point is to ensure sufficient time spent together and enhance communication between family members.
Specifically, parents are supposed to spare more time from their work, which can be devoted to a short journey if it is longed for, or an exhibition or some other activities that can be enjoyed together.
Moreover, some traditional values about family closeness should be imparted to the younger generation whether at home or school in their early age, when it is easier to shape a correct attitude towards family.
Overall, great efforts from both parents and schools should be highly desirable to reverse this trend.