On one hand, being at home is the best and safest option for kids as public officials work to slow the gradual spread of this new coronavirus, COVID-19.
But on the other hand, how long will it take before the children go stir crazy?
Most parents likely want to have their kids experience SOME play time and interaction with other children, but they’re not sure how much or what type of interaction is OK.
Kids might be at a low risk for contracting the coronavirus, but they can still aid in the spread of the illness.
Below are some answers to questions parents are having as they try and balance keeping their kids safe and active during shutdowns associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
Can we still have playdates?
There are mixed reviews on this question.
Some experts say playdates are OK, as long as there aren’t too many kids in one space at one time and family members aren’t at a high risk, according to the New York Times.
If kids do get together for play dates at a house, taking the proper precautions such as washing hands regularly and disinfecting homes, toys or video game supplies beforehand is important.
Disinfecting a home after a play date is also a good idea.
Getting kids together at an outside spot that isn’t crowded and has fewer germs is another good option.
Is it advisable to take kids to indoor play places or trampoline parks?
No -- it’s best to avoid places with a large crowd of kids.
Several days ago, experts were saying places like museums and indoor play spaces were possibly OK, but now it might be hard to find any that remain open, depending on where in the country you live.
Most places that do remain open are being very transparent about extra cleaning efforts and what they’re doing to keep their spaces safe.
How do you keep your kids calm?
The best way to do this is to have a daily routine of activities, according to the Washington Post.
Come up with a routine that ensures your kids go to bed and wake up at consistent times, and have a balance throughout the day of academic-type activities, chores and physical activity to try and best recreate their days at school.
To view charts of good daily routines for your kids, broken down by age group, click or tap here.