Relaxing Social Distancing For Kids – Living Arrows 30/52 (2020)

Relaxing social distancing for kids

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The first week of the summer holidays is already done and dusted! I have a feeling it might actually fly by quite quickly. It’s been a nice balanced week – not too busy but we’ve done some lovely things as well. One of the big things has been that I’ve started relaxing a little about social distancing for the twigs with other kids.

Relaxing about social distancing for the twiglets

On Monday we had a little playdate with a few of C’s friends from her class. It ended up being at the playground, which I was pretty nervous about, as we hadn’t set foot in one since they reopened after lockdown.

But I had a bit of a realisation, that actually it isn’t really practical to enforce social distancing with 5-year olds. I know that might sound obvious but I naively thought it might be possible. I think if you met one friend for a picnic and were really strict about it, it could just about be. But as soon as you let them have any free play, it’s basically game over. And it seems quite mean not to let them play!

So I realised that I was going to have to make a decision. Either relax about social distancing for H and C around other kids. Or just not really let them see any friends over the summer. Having seen how much happier they’ve been since being back at school for a few weeks, I didn’t really want to deprive them of any social interaction.

Plus, in a matter of weeks, they’ll be back at school with hundreds of kids. They’re going to be in year group bubbles, (though I don’t really envisage how that will work!!) but that’s still 90 children they’ll be mixing with.

So I decided to try and relax a bit and let them play with other kids. Not loads obviously!! And only outside. And to be fair, they didn’t really get that close anyway and I’m still very much distancing, and making them distance from, adults. They had such a great time though – it was really lovely to see them enjoying interacting with other children. (Once I’d stopped having a fricking heart attack!)

Post-lockdown haircuts

Post-lockdown haircuts

This week the twigs also had much-needed lockdown haircuts! H’s had got really quite long, and although I do love it longer, it does get a bit straggly and messy! And C needed a good fringe trim (after I butchered it attempting to cut it myself!)

We always go to Snippety Do Dah’s in Epsom for the twigs’ haircuts. It’s such an amazing little salon and so well suited to us as it’s basically covered in rainbows!

A visit to the lavender field

Relaxing about social distancing for kids

We also visited our local lavender field, Mayfield Lavender Farm. It was such a lovely morning and we captured some really special photos. You can read all about our trip and see more pictures in this post πŸ™‚

Coming out of lockdown

It was nice doing a few more ‘normal’ things this week. I’ve definitely felt myself getting less anxious than before about getting out. I still haven’t braved going in a shop or supermarket, and am not intending on going to any pubs or restaurants yet.

It’s hard in this period of coming out of lockdown, to know what to do for the best. A lot of the guidance seems open to interpretation and so many people seem to be just be fully back to normal now. We certainly aren’t and have followed the guidelines religiously up until now.

Everyone just has to take things at their own pace. I really hope I don’t open myself up to criticism by being honest about this. I think everyone has to do what’s right for their family, and it’s really difficult to know sometimes.

How are you feeling about coming out of lockdown? Are you relaxing social distancing for your kids at all?

Thanks for reading! Til next time,

Hannah xx

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15 Comments

  1. I too have given up on expecting my almost 3 year old to social distance. She’s not a hugger so that ‘s not been a problem but she loves to run, play and climb and being around other children makes her so happy and I think it’s so important for her development as she’s not yet at nursery (was due to start at Easter). She needs the social interaction. She’s obsessed with washing her hands and avoiding germs, I don’t want her to become afraid of interacting with people.

    1. So hard isn’t it – yes I think I’d worry more about the impact on younger kids tbf, especially if they could hardly remember life before all this! They could easily be scared of people having got so used to keeping away from them. Sounds like you’re definitely striking a good balance πŸ™‚

  2. How lovely is that lavender field? I have said all along that I am grateful not to have little kids at home during lockdown. You have done brilliantly to get so far with them! A little relaxing of the rules is probably okay #MMBC

    1. Aw thank you, that’s nice of you to say πŸ™‚ Hopefully we’re managing a good balance πŸ™‚ x

  3. We made the decision to let my girls meet up with their friends at the park too and are doing well at social distancing, mostly. They were miserable not seeing anyone and I thought the same, in a month or so they’ll be back at school mixing with a lot more people so why not.
    I love the haircuts. My youngest needs one but I am going to wait until the summer holidays are nearly over, she hates having her hair cut. x

    1. Aw does she, my two don’t mind it too much weirdly! So hard to know what’s best isn’t it!

    1. I know, hope it’s the right move – so hard to know! Yes I’m knackered – we’ve gone from doing literally nothing for months to being quite busy – bit of a shock! Hope the summer hols are going well for you so far πŸ™‚ xx

  4. We have done pretty much the same, relaxed things a bit with the kids but still 100% distance for adults. The kids still don’t touch each other or hug – and adults don’t hug either but it’s nice to be able to relax a little bit x

    1. Yes exactly, no close contact and only outside, and still away from adults. But at least it means they can play with friends – they’re lucky they have each other but it’s so good for them to see other kids too!

  5. Awww we went to Mayfield as well recently so lovely. I need to get the boy’s hair done next weekend as it’s got so long it’s in their eyes!!! I am not sure I really get the whole bubble thing if I am honest since after school care will be another bubble for every child that has it… Hope you are enjoying the summer holidays x

  6. It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week. It’s hard to know what to do at the moment isn’t it? We haven’t met up with any of the boys friends yet, or been to a playground but we’ve had a camping trip, and I’ve been to a few non-essential shops in the last few weeks too. Some people seem to have just gone completely back to normal now and I don’t understand why…we’re just carrying on the best we can following the guidance x

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