While Sweden’s kids may still be officially in school and daycare, there are many of us parents who have chosen to take our kids out to self-isolate and physically distance ourselves during this unnerving Covid-19 pandemic. It’s unfamiliar and confusing for us all, especially our little ones. This is not about how to console them or coach them through as I am not qualified to do that! What I am able to do though, is give a bit of my time to helping you find ways to keep your kids occupied and connected, while remaining at a distance from their social circles and support community.
A few things before we get into our list of ideas!
Keep it relaxed (as one parent to another, we know they smell stress and anxiety), don’t force it, you can always call back or try again another day. Keep it short, it doesn’t have to be a long drawn out replacement of an in-person playdate which would have lasted at least an hour. Finally, let the kids come up with ideas for future virtual playdates. Take the planning stress off you and get them involved!