An article written for womensweekly.com.sg on learning how to talk to your kids about social distancing without scaring them. Full article can be found HERE:
Not making physical contact can be unusual for human beings. This is the time to encourage children to use words to communicate, says Micha.
“Children will still have the warmth of the parents and hopefully the grandparents, but we have to explain to children that it is not always possible to express through human contact. It is important that parents ask, and show, them how to use words to express their feelings, be it love, anger, anxiety or sadness,” she says.
“We are mammals and prefer to touch, but we also have more skills than many animals to engage with others whilst we are unable to touch,” explains Harris. There are multiple resources available online that can help parents to learn as well as teach their children to express themselves without having to touch, she adds.
Parents can also make a concerted attempt to arrange for play dates. When mothers meet outside, they can plan it such that there is a good balance of children and adults within the five-people limit allowed in public spaces with the safety measures in place, says Micha. This can be an effective way of strengthening relationships on a one-to-one basis.
“Humans are genetically predisposed to want to belong to a collective community. We are at our best when we belong. The pandemic can suppress this feeling and make us worry that it will disrupt friendships, but it is important not to develop a negative mindset,” stresses Micha.
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