Family & Parenting

11 Creative Ways To Connect With Family And Friends During Social Distancing

Try a "Quarantine Book Club" or a virtual wine tasting with friends!

Even if you know that the absolute safest thing to do right now is to practice “social distancing” or “sheltering in place” to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, this disruption of normalcy can be really tough. Your kids don’t get to see their friends at school, you’re missing meet-ups with your own pals, dinner parties are on hold, and weddings and family reunions are being postponed.

Understandably, you may feel a little disconnected right now. During this time of social distancing, though, it’s helpful for kids and parents alike to maintain connections with family and friends, says Nina Kaiser, Ph.D., a San Francisco-based psychologist. These connections can offer an “anchor at a time when routines are disrupted,” she says.

With a little creativity, or with the help of tech, here are 11 ways to help keep you stay connected with loved ones and friends during the pandemic.

Turn Your Neighborhood Into A Chalk Art Gallery

“In our neighborhood, we are planning to do a chalk art walk,” says Mikaela Walker, the managing editor of Orlando Parents Family Fun Magazine.

Everyone who wants to participate can create a chalk design in their driveway or on their sidewalks, she says. A list of all participating houses can be posted on the neighborhood Facebook group and neighbors can walk and see the chalk art at their leisure, Walker says. Her kids are planning a springtime theme with butterflies and ladybugs.

My own friend Amelia Mularz, a Los Angeles-based writer, posted a photo to her Instagram showing the adorable way kids in her neighborhood have been staying in touch.