Life is hard these days in quarantine. There seems to be a lack of connection, not to mention struggling to adjust to a 'new normal.' Without being in person at school, camp, playgrounds, or activities, kids are also missing out on developing some important life skills: socialization and relationship development. Friendships are an important part of growing up - they help build self-esteem and teach kids how to collaborate. In this time of pandemic, there are some things you can try – depending on your comfort level and your specific situation - to help your kids. Here are just a few:
- Reach out to your network. We’re all in the same boat. Can you connect with your kid's grandparents, cousins, aunts/uncles, old friends, or old coaches? Use your online social media platforms (e.g. neighborhood forums). Ask for help.
- Go old school find some pen pals. Can you connect with an old folk's home or reconnect with a grandparent the old-fashioned way?
- Video. Use it for live games, karaoke sessions, art, cooking. Try out some apps like Marco Polo or House Party - or jump on a Facebook live group.
- The phone. Old fashion talking or texting. Share your life!
- Create kindness. You can paint kindness rocks and leave them for others to find, or check out these free ideas.
- Spread kindness. Create a small care package and hand them out, encouraging others to pass it on. See how to do that here.
- Try something new. Explore music (virtual music lessons or video games), art (check out some How To videos on YouTube), history (documentaries), learn how to cook something your family loves to eat at their favorite restaurant.
- Get outside. Use the 'All trails' app to explore new trails, lakes, and nature preserves in your area.