What Are Some Toddler-Friendly Ways to Explain Why We Can’t Go to a Public Park or to Play with Friends?

Continuing our blog series on the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) and your children, Dr. Robin Gurwitch, Ph.D., a psychologist and professor at Duke University Medical Center discusses how best to approach this topic.

Gurwitch suggests being honest and telling your toddler that, because we need to make sure that we are healthy, we have to do some things that are not as much fun, like staying away from our friends. Instead you can:

  • FaceTime/Skype/WhatsApp family and friends for “playdates”
  • Give them the alternative of having plenty of fun with the family! Ask them what games they would like to play, what activities they find the most fun, and find some fun projects to do together.

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