Staying Connected Without Playdates

In this unprecedented time of public closures and unknowns, we’ll use this blog to share resources for adults, sharing among families, and resources for children.

I encourage us all to have a balance of attention. We adults can continue to inform ourselves and act in the best interests of our families, school community, city, state and beyond. We can seek connections and resources to lean into each other– to share our stress, fears or worries, and make a point of doing that away from our children to shield them from as much stress as possible. We can create home routines and schedules to help structure and normalize things for our families. And we can make a point of grounding ourselves and finding joy in myriad of activities.

THIS PEDIATRICIAN RECOMMENDS NO CORONAVIRUS BREAK PLAYDATES: It’s not an easy recommendation to make—but it’s one we need to follow

Schools, businesses, and large gatherings are shut down for this very reason. Having a playdate—even if it’s a small one—defeats the purpose of everything shutting down.If your family of four has another family of four coming over for a playdate—and that family had another family of four over just yesterday—you’re not now exposed to only four people’s germs, you’re exposed to eight. Worse still, let’s say your kid’s friend’s mom went grocery shopping before coming over and stood in line with twenty people. Now your primary and secondary exposure is to twenty-eight people’s germs—a whole classroom.This sounds very alarmist and a little bit absurd, I know. But remember—any of those people could be contagious with mild or no symptoms (not to mention the guy hacking up a lung in the checkout line).We’re not in normal times right now—we’re in a pandemic scenario. Alarms are already going off. Now we’re trying to stop hitting the snooze button.”

 

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