Creating a common area where the family can share time (not necessarily TV time) is also a good idea. The dinner table is a great place for connection to happen naturally. My four adult children often talk about how much our conversations, storytelling and laughter at the dinner table meant to them growing up.
We can also foster connection for our children by allowing the expression of all emotions so that they will feel comfortable reaching out during difficult times. Sometimes we adults suppress our emotions but children should always feel free to do that.
Take Away: Children need opportunities to be connected to extended family and other positive adults in the community.