Whenever I’m away from home, in the morning I like to check in on my family by looking at the doorbell camera where I can see them leave for work and school. In the evening, I can generally tell if my daughter is upstairs in her room based on the lighting scenes there; I can also tell when my husband is working out. Sometimes, if I try to call them and they aren’t home, I check in on our car to see where it (and they) might be.
While my family is aware of all of the devices we have, sometimes my use of those devices does creep them out a bit. But they know me, love me, and understand that I do this in order to connect with them when I am on the road. And if they asked me to stop checking in, I would.