Parent Alert | June 2020 | Safe Summer Fun

Parent Alert | June 2020 | Safe Summer Fun
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Does using the term “social distancing” give the wrong impression?

“Social Distancing.” Over the past few months, we have begun to equate this term with loneliness, isolation, and depression.

We all know that we need social interaction. But how can we stay connected and safe?

One easy way is to change our terminology. Instead of using the catchphrase “social distancing,” we can say “physical distancing.”

It may seem like a minor difference, but we want people to remember that, while we must stay 6 feet apart physically, there are other ways to stay socially connected.

Phone calls, video calls, and outdoor activities with proper precautions are just a few ways you and your kids can stay mentally healthy during this stressful season.

The next time you hear someone say “social distancing,” encourage them to think in terms of physical distancing while maintaining social connectivity.

How can you make sure your kids and teens still have a great summer?

We’re here to support you in your parenting efforts. Youth who have extra time with little to do are more likely to turn to substances to combat boredom and loneliness. Below you will find several activities and safety tips for summer 2020!

1. Activity ideas

  • Set up tents in the backyard for a camping vacation
  • Several beaches have opened up again; have a water day at the ocean or a lake
  • Do afternoon crafts
  • Pick one day a week to find a new hiking trail
  • Host a backyard barbecue with precautions in place
  • Give your kids some brand new sidewalk chalk
  • Let them ride bikes around the neighborhood or at a park
  • Visit several drive-through fast food restaurants for taste testing (for example, try the fries from 3 different places and vote on which is best/worst)
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Get in swimsuits and run through the sprinkler
  • Play sports in the yard: baseball, football, soccer, badminton, etc.
  • Read a book together one night a week
  • Celebrate Christmas in July
  • Stargaze
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2. Safety tips
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