Is social distancing in the time of Covid-19 affecting your family? Here's how to cope.
It’s only March and here we are, in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s all happening very quickly, in a matter of months, really, and unless you’re a psychic who’s known that the coronavirus was bound to happen then you’re probably freaking out like the rest of us. As parents of young children, it’s hard to stay calm with all the uncertainty surrounding the virus. It’s great that there haven’t been any major Covid-19 kid-related cases, but there’s so much we just don’t know. Will our usual instincts about treating our kids work? Are kids super spreaders? It’s enough to drive anyone absolutely bonkers. Throw in some social distancing in the mix, and you’ve got a bunch of anxious toddlers and parents, which is no bueno at all. So what’s a mum to do? Do what we’ve always done, of course: keep calm and carry on. Here’s some tips on how to stay sane through all this social distancing and coronavirus madness, based on what we know so far.
What social distancing means
With the coronavirus cases on the rise, us parents are asked to work from home and avoid crowded areas. The practice of social distancing, or reducing close contact between people to help minimise the spread of infections or diseases, has come into play to help flatten the curve. According to the MOH, it means limiting large crowds gathering in close proximity over a prolonged duration. Yup, it’s time to rethink how you spend your quality time with your kids and get super creative!
We at HoneyKids are super big fans of the great outdoors, so of course, our top tip is to get lots of vitamin D and play outside. We’re lucky that we live in Singapore where we have lots of choices when it comes to finding big, green open spaces. In fact, there’s probably one near you! Grab a picnic mat, pump those bicycles, fly a kite – it’s fun out there and a great way to get over all that social distancing jazz! For parents, it’s a great time to work on your cardio and pick up running!
Wondering if you should go to a playground? Although we’re uber thankful for the cleaning uncles and aunties who clean all high-traffic areas (including lift buttons, railings, benches and fitness areas) numerous times a day with disinfectant, it might be worth avoiding them temporarily while the cases are still on the rise.
Let them get bored
Instead of worrying about cabin fever and wondering if your kids aren’t getting stimulated enough, go back to basics and do some arts and craft together. If you need some inspo, here’s a round-up of awesome activities for you to do with your young ‘uns. But, letting them be bored isn’t so bad, especially with all this fuss about social distancing. It’s a great way for them to fire up those creative juices and find ways to have fun!
The silver lining
Although the situation isn’t ideal, perhaps this whole social distancing is chance to connect more as a family. Think about it: when was the last time you sat down with your family and fully connected, without the distraction of pending plans or events and mobile devices? If there’s one thing this disease has done, it’s that it’s brought everything into perspective and encouraged us to up our family time. Our families are what really matter. All we can do is stay strong, hope for the best and be positive and present, especially for our families. You’ve got this!