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From the beginning, they have embraced mask wearing – maybe even before I did! It’s not that I refused or even opposed mask wearing (not at all), but I was pregnant for most of the year, so I was hunkering down at home a lot. Once I figured out fun and safe ways to wear masks, I embraced it. I think it’s so important!
As I am with everything, I like to do things in my style – and that includes bold colors and fun. So, it’s no surprise that my search for creating or buying masks was exciting to my kids as well. I’m often juggling a newborn or one of our three dogs and my kids are self-sufficient about mask wearing. If I ask them, before we go anywhere, “Do you have a mask?” The answer is always a resounding yes. On that note, I thought I’d share some tips!
5 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Wearing Masks:
1 – Engage in real talk.
This is probably my favorite tip because it’s one aspect of parenting I’ve always felt confident in – and that’s communicating with kids and explaining life to them. Feeling sick is so yucky, so you can remind your kids that they’re trying to prevent feeling so awful, and also trying to prevent others from feeling so awful. It’s important to explain why wearing a mask is important. In my opinion, you don’t have to go into a lot of the details, regarding statistics and deaths, but it’s important for them to know that they’re protecting themselves, and their parents, grandparents, etc.
2 – Model Good Masking Behavior.
Like I said, I didn’t wear masks a lot at first because I was in my first trimester and considered high risk, so I mostly stayed home. Now that I’m more out and about, I always wear a mask. When I really started getting masks, my kids did too. That’s why I’m excited to share in a later tip about making masking FUN, and also about United We Mask. This is an incredible resource.
3 – Enlist in Age-Appropriate Resources, Like Books.
We have “Smiling From Ear to Ear” by Kaitlyn Chu and it’s such a great tool, that I want to also send it to my little nieces and nephews, who are just learning about mask wearing, and why it’s important. They’re also learning that they can still have fun while wearing masks, and be little superheroes who are protecting others! You can order the book here.
4 – Practice At Home to Get Comfy.
Is your child wearing a mask every day too? If you practice at home, your kids will get more comfortable wearing them. So, at first, we took the time every day to practice mask wearing, and to talk about good hygiene practices. My kids also know about wearing their masks over their noses and mouths, and making sure we regularly clean our masks, or dispose of them if they’re disposable. Mostly, though, we like to wear cloth masks because they’re easy, washable, and even festive!
5 – Make Your Own Colorful Fun Masks!
When kids create their own masks, they are proud of their creations. Scarlet made her own DIY lanyard over the weekend which holds her mask around her neck when she’s not wearing it. She loves this! In general, the brighter and more colorful the mask, the happier my kids get. So if they can make their own, great. And if not, check out the masks here.
So, United We Mask is a non-profit organization (501-3c). They have a mission to encourage sound public health practices and provide homemade masks to our communities, leaving N95 masks for members at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. They host free workshops where their goal is to ensure that no matter race, socio-economic status, job, or age, they can help save lives.
*Plus, for every mask ordered, they donate one to essential workers who keep our community going.
So, do you have tips on getting your kids excited about wearing masks?
*It’s the holiday season so make sure to wear those masks to keep our loved ones safe!