Holiday celebrations involve hugs, sharing meals, and gathering around the TV to watch a game before dinner. Yet, health experts recommend celebrating differently during Covid to keep loved ones safe, especially if they have an underlying health condition.
The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything the world has ever seen, and because of that, it has means you have might need to modify your usual plans.
Here are some tips to safely Host a holiday gathering:
- Keep it Small- experts recommend to gather in social bubbles, creating a small network of trusted friends or family members, who abide by the same social rules. Experts suggest capping a bubble at about 10 people
- Host Virtual Celebration- if you’re far from family and friends or looking for new ways to connect during the Covid-19 outbreak, hosting an online party is a way to stay connected. FaceTime, ZOOM, Skype, or otherwise videoconference with family members. Explain to your child that digital communication instead of seeing friends and family in person right now can help prevent getting other people sick. Get everyone excited with an invitation and plan intentional activities such as sharing videos and photos, organizing a competition, dancing on your video call, or using an app for video calling such as caribu.
- Create a Poster for the Party- Remind your child that Covid is caused by a virus, which are tiny things that can get inside your body and make you sick. Remind your child that when someone coughs or sneezes they can spread the virus and get other people sick too. Brainstorm some rules we follow to keep germs away to create a Party poster such as following the recommended guidelines for social distancing, wearing a mask to cover your nose, and encouraging regular hand-washing.
- Tailor your message based on your child’s age and developmental phase. Younger children will need a different message than older children. For example, your preschool-aged child might need you to make the situation very simple. You can explain how there is an illness that is spreading that can make some people very sick.
- Little ones can become helpers in keeping germs away! The concept of a virus might be tough for them to understand, but you can tell them about germs and how the more you go to normal activities, such as party, the more chance there is for people to get sick. Add a math review to set up the table for the holidays following some the social distance rules.
- Answer their questions and encourage them to keep asking questions Once you get done explaining the coronavirus crisis, ask children if they have any questions. Take the time to thoroughly answer those questions as best you can. And when you finish answering those questions, make it clear that they can come to you with any questions that arise later on. When children hold these questions in, it can build fear and anxiety for them. And more than likely, it’s on topics that they just don’t understand. You can’t clear up questions that you don’t know about. So do your best to bring up the topic often to check and see if your child has questions
You must reassure your child regularly that they are going to be fine and set the right mindset to enjoy holiday season differently.