As parents, we all want to keep our kids as safe as can be. This has – and always will be – our number one priority in life. I’m sure all of you have certain steps you take to keep your kids safe at all times. However, we’re living in a very different world from the one we were in twelve months ago. The rise of COVID-19 swept the world into a pandemic that it’s only just slightly showing signs of coming out of. The fears of a second wave are still about, but many countries are letting people leave their houses, go back to work, and see their friends. For some parents, you’re also being told that your kids can go back to school.
All of this comes together to create a strange situation. How can you keep your children safe in a COVID hit world? The good news is that most research suggests COVID is a mild disease in children. They have less chance of being badly affected by it than the rest of the population. However, they are also prime carriers, meaning they can easily spread the disease.
Either way, what steps can you take to ensure that your children are kept safe and healthy while the world returns to normal? Here are a few ideas you’re welcome to try:
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Homeschool for as long as possible
Unless the government has strictly ordered all kids to return to school, there’s no reason to stop homeschooling them. The reason for this is obvious; you minimize contact they have with other people. Schools will open with social distancing measures, but how easy is it to control classes full of kids? There’s bound to be germs flying around, so you’re better off keeping your kids away until it’s absolutely necessary.
Provide entertainment at home
The biggest challenge for parents is keeping your kids entertained at home. No doubt they are keen to go outside and play with all their friends. Well, you can invite a friend round to play (provide your government says it’s okay) where you’re in charge of ensuring everything is safe. I’d also suggest getting things like swing-sets and playground equipment for your home, so you bring the park to your kids! Here, they can have outdoor fun without touching things that loads of people have touched before them. Listen, you don’t want to keep them locked inside at all times, but you should be smart about when you take your kids out. It simply doesn’t make sense to go to a park if it’s really busy, plus the fact they are highly unsanitary. Bring the entertainment to your home, and they’re safe!
Buy them a mask
There’s a lot of debate around masks these days. Well, it’s not much of a debate, to be honest. It’s more a case of one section of the population listening to medical advice, and the other choosing to ignore it. Masks don’t offer 100% protection from the virus, but they can slow down the spread and make it harder for people to catch. So, get your child a mask to wear whenver you go out. If they are forced to go to school, a mask can keep them safe. If your child is under two years of age, or they have any respiratory problems, then don’t give them a face mask. However, for most children, they’re perfectly safe and provide an extra barrier. Now, you can go out to the shops and visit friends without risking your child’s safety.
Teach proper hygiene habits
Lastly, encourage your child to follow the correct hygiene habits to kill germs and stop the spread of COVID-19. Make sure they always wash their hands whenever they get home, and as often as possible. Stand with them and teach them the different handwashing steps to ensure they get all the germs off their skin. They’ll remember this and learn to do it even when you’re not with them – say, when they’re at a friends house or if they go back to school. I’d also suggest having some hand sanitizer with you whenever you go out with your child. This will do the same job as washing your hands, but it’s for situations where you don’t have a sink or water.
By following these tips, you can keep your child safe from harm in a COVID-19 world. Remember, these measures only need to be temporary. Hopefully, if everyone follows them, we can get back to normal in no time. Then, your child can get back to being a child and enjoying life to the fullest.