the words 'social distance' on a chalkboard

The lockdown restrictions have lifted slightly in our strange world. We can now meet a friend or someone from another household and socialise with them (safely) one on one, outside of our homes. A tiny move forward into ‘normal’ life and being able to chat with someone else face to face, other than families. There will be some people who won’t have seen anyone as they won’t have been for walks or to the shops or to work. Hopefully they will now take a step outside of their front doors and see a real human being!

It is a good move forward. Face to face interaction – not on a screen – is positive. We can see the whole of a person and feel their moods. We can see their body language and get a better sense of how they are coping in the current situation.

Social Distance & Socialising

This is just as important for children as it is adults. However, they must take an inch rather than a mile. In other words we need to be really clear to our kids that they can see friends one at a time whilst socially distanced. But not go to the park and play football with a crowd of friends, tackling the ball and crowding over each other. They still have to follow the lockdown rules and it is a parents job to make sure they follow this rule as well as modelling it ourselves.

Perhaps you can suggest that a friend comes over and sits on the wall outside your home so they can chat. Or they could go for a walk and keep 2 metres apart or cycle behind each other but together. Get creative on ways they could socialise without getting too close and breaking the rules.

It’s great that our children can see friends again, but just make sure they only take that inch!