Jenny Chamoun’s 20-month-old daughter Matilda is used to hanging out with many family members, but going out again was difficult after two months at home.
“The noises scared her, people scared her and it really broke my heart,” said Chamoun. “I think it’s largely because she was inside and the only interaction she ever had was myself and my husband. ”
Matilda is too young to wear a face cover, and she is now taking classes that help her get used to seeing people while being socially distant.
Experts say children may experience separation anxiety and school stress. They say that older students may be dealing with “FOMO” for fear of missing out.
“Parents need to keep up to date with medical, state, government, city and school information in order to know the guidelines,” said Dr. Robin Goodman, psychologist.
Ultimately, families must decide what they are comfortable with.
Younger children can benefit from the practice of safe interactions. Parents can talk to older children about what is and is not sure.
“As soon as the playgrounds opened, I decided to keep my distance. I would wear a mask, but I wanted her to have a chance to play in the water, and if that meant she had to be with other kids, then so be it, “said Kirkley Strand, who was holding her a- and her 1.5-year-old daughter, Daisy.
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Experts say parents and caregivers really need to manage their own behavior and anxiety because kids are watching it and will understand it.
The parents of five-year-old Hugo Baumann made sure their son knew the rules.
“When people inevitably make the mistake of getting too close without a mask, Hugo looks at me and says:” No mask “and moves away from the person,” explained Caroline Baumann.
Hugo’s parents occupy him – he has just started his first taekwondo class in person since the start of the pandemic.
Experts say there is no uniform policy on how to socialize your children. They say to just stay informed and do what’s right for your family.