Help Your Kids Stay Social During the Pandemic

Tallahassee Parents,

One of the many challenges of being a parent, is understanding what goes through a child’s mind and their perspective. Whether they show it or not, you can bet they are missing their friends and even their teachers, coaches and instructors.

A lot of dance studios and martial art academies are doing virtual lessons, but that doesn’t fill the void your kids are going through missing their friends.

Solution? Why not teach them to go virtual? Zoom, GoToMeeting and other platforms are great for virtual meetings. Why not use them for virtual play dates with your kids and their friends? Most of these platforms have free versions and can easily be monitored too.

You have a virtual play date set, now what?

Like all get togethers, you should have some type of plan or itinerary. There is a lot you can do with a virtual meeting and it doesn’t have to be overly structured. Two friends could be playing with their Lego sets, talking and showing each other what they made.

It is more about the social aspect as if your friend was right next to you playing and having fun than what you are actually doing.

Remember, this is new and it might take your child some time to get used to having a virtual play date. You can try it first with family members, like grandparents. Keep it short and make it fun for your child.

If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at bradfantle@gmail.com. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, an Optavia Health Coach and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama

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