It’s been quite tough, hasn’t it? With our children staying indoors with us through these difficult times, it’s especially hard to let them go out in the world again.
As parents, it’s natural to be protective of our children. Sadly, the current social situations are not offering us any comfort. Considering the virus, violence, and bullying in schools, this can render any parents to be doubly anxious, overprotective, and fearful for their children’s health, safety, and security.
We fear that the virus will infect our children.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises that interpersonal learning can be doable as long as safety precautions are observed. Wearing masks, social distancing, and the vaccination of older minors offers an extra level of protection.
If your child may be too young to follow these safety measures, consider alternatives such as homeschooling. As parents, you know your children the best.
We fear that our children don’t know how to socialize anymore.
Our children had been in isolation for many months. Even when they do go out, the interpersonal interactions they’ve had were significantly less than usual.
Yes, our children may initially feel socially awkward. They may develop new fears because of the forced distancing and isolation, but they are resilient. With enough encouragement, patience, and a little time, they can bounce right back. Slowly reintroduce them to social settings. Eventually, they will get used to being with people again and realize all the fun that they’d been missing.
We fear that they aren’t safe in school.
As Americans, this is a fear that resonates in all of us. There can be violence and bullying we may not be able to protect them from.
It’s essential to give your children a safe environment where they can share everything with you. Teach them what is acceptable and not, and encourage them to assert themselves when things aren’t right.
They should know safety basics such as “Stranger Danger’, and to talk to someone in authority when something feels wrong. We can’t protect them at all times, but we can equip them to protect themselves as much as they can.
Lastly, it takes a community to raise a child. Work hand-in-hand with teachers, neighbors, school bus drivers, and co-parents in ensuring that every child is kept safe.