With my last few posts, it’s clear I don’t have to stress the overwhelming nature of this pandemic and quarantine is causing; however, there is one more population that is also dealing with the pandemic, and that is our beautiful babies.
My daughter is 6, and despite her being so young, she is well aware of what’s going on. I think the most frustrating thing she’s gone through is not going to school. School was her opportunity to see friends, play outside (although she’s doing as much of that as possible now) and have a structured learning setting.
Ways to help cope with quarantine:
- Pen pals: Now that my daughter’s writing is improving, she has been hounding me to make cards and letters for family and friends. Anytime I tell her she can write someone, she breaks out her colored pencils and crayons and pens and pencils. She’s very artistic now at her age, and she gets to share that with her friends and family through being a pen pal.
- Video Chatting: When writing is not your child’s go-to, video chatting is the next best thing. FaceTime, Google Duo, Zoom, HouseParty; all of these things have become more popular than ever these days when continuing to maintain conversation.
- Virtual learning: Although this is not the most ideal situation for our children or us as parents, giving your child the opportunity to take part in virtual learning, or opportunities to Zoom and talk to their teachers may help them with dealing with not seeing their friends and teachers every day. My daughter’s teacher has been so wonderful in maintaining a connection with her students; she even called my daughter for her birthday, and a few days ago, they read a book to each other. My daughter was so excited to do this and I could tell that it made her feel good.
- Outside time: Parks and pools are closed, but that doesn’t mean a stroll around the neighborhood is out of the picture. I have personally started a cardio routine (which is big for me because I hate cardio) that I’m pretty proud of and it helps my daughter to keep her routine of having recess time on most days.
This is not an all -inclusive list; however, these are a couple cool ways that kids are able to keep their connections with friends, school teachers and others until we can really be social again.