Deirdre O’Sullivan from Wicklow Child and Family Project is back with ideas on how to stay connected with family and friends and the outside world during the Covid 19 restrictions.
It will come as no surprise to you that one of the things we miss most during this crazy time is PEOPLE. We miss our family and friends, and it is especially hard if we as parents have parents who are cocooning. So what do we do to keep those vital connections for not only ourselves but our families immediate and extended?
- If you have a “tween” or “teen” in the house these are your go to tech support. They will set you up on Zoom, MS Teams, Face Time, Skype, What’s App, whatever is accessible to you. This will prevent you having a nervous breakdown trying to do what they can do in seconds.
- Another over looked form of communication is our local post office. They are still giving out their free cards for you to avail of. Note: these cards are valid for Ireland only. Who doesn’t love getting something in the post that is not a bill or more alarming has a glass window attached.
- Again using your tech support team, you can set up family quiz nights, charades parties, pictionary competitions, competing against extended family members. Families can take turns organising.
- Get creative with your family, go on a virtual museum tour. You can visit museums, zoos and aquariums all over the world without getting on a plane or even leaving your house.
- As a family you can even visit Dublin Zoo from the comfort of your couch and get a closer view of your favourite animals.
- If you have younger children get them to make cards for family celebrations such as birthdays, new babies (the stork is still delivering), anniversaries the list is endless. You can use a walk to the post box as your daily exercise.
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