“Hands by your side, don’t touch anything!”
I had a conversation recently about how to best manage our new normal in a world still plagued by COVID-19. To date, we do not have a cure or vaccine. Even without effective therapies, treatments, and vaccines many state and cities are slowly reopening, and people are desperate to get back to living life to some degree.
I can honestly relate, it has been a hard 3 months (almost) managing kids, working from home, and not being able to venture out. Our family is very active, we love to travel, and we enjoy our weekend adventures! We’ve recently decided to slowly venture out with the kids so they can experience a change of scenery.
Here are seven precautions we take when we leave the house with our kids:
- Backpack ready: I pack antibacterial wipes, antibacterial hand wipes, hand sanitizer, a water bottle, and extra face coverings.
- Potty Time: Right before we head out the door, I make sure everyone uses the bathroom. We still avoid taking our kids into places such as grocery stores, etc. so bathroom stops are avoided.
- Face coverings: Unless we are outdoors in a secluded area, face mask are required. We worked with our kids at home on how to properly wear and remove face mask.
- “Hands by your side, don’t touch anything”! I had to take the girls into a restaurant one time to pick up food. Before we got inside, I made sure they understood this precaution.
- Social distancing: With more families starting to safely venture out of their homes, I ensure my kids understand the importance of social distancing. Show your kids what 6 feet apart looks like by demonstrating distance from all sides. Pull out the measuring tape and help them gauge appropriate distance.
- Clean Hands: We always thoroughly sanitize our hand before getting back into the car and after touching any objects.
- Clean Bodies: After arriving home shoes are placed in the mud room so I can sanitize them and we either shower immediately or thoroughly wash all exposed skin and change our clothes.
Additionally, we opt for the following experiences:
- Open Areas such as parks (no playgrounds yet), Nature Reserves, Botanical gardens, National Parks, etc.
- Scenic drives
- Outdoor activities with smaller crowds that support social distancing
- Outdoor distance play with friends (get creative and still have fun with relay races, hopscotch, water fights, etc.)
What are some other ideas on how to reintroduce children to being out and about?
Disclaimer: Please take the necessary precautions that will work best for you and your family. We all have different comfort levels and considerations. This is my experience and how we manage venturing out with our kiddos. Always follow medical, CDC, state and local orders.
BE SAFE EVERYONE!