5 Strategies to Help Your Child Wear a Face Mask
Posted: July 15, 2020
So, here we are, school is only a couple of weeks away and you are probably stressing out about MANY things and now you have the added stress of your child wearing a face mask at school! You are most likely panicking trying to figure out how on earth is my child going to wear a face mask at school, let alone wear it the ENTIRE day. We get it. This is not something we thought we would be sharing strategies in 2020. But here we are, let us share with you 5 strategies you can use at home to help prepare to wear a mask during school.
Very easy and simple, right? This schedule is only a suggestion. We wish we could provide you a very detailed wearing schedule but to be honest, this will work if you build up the time. It is important that you take your child’s lead.
But what happens if your child FREAKS out and can’t wear it the first day for 10 minutes? Great question! We have the answer for you. Let’s start a the very beginning to educate and explain the mask to your child. If on Day 1 they attempt to put the face mask on, GREAT! Then try for Day 2 to put in on one ear. Then Day 3 have them put it on fully. Day 4 starts the timing. Even if you have to start at 30 seconds. It’s something! Don’t give up. From the words of our sophomore English teacher, “inch by inch it’s a sinch, yard by yard it is hard.” Little by little your child will be able to build up the tolerance for the mask.
More questions….what if my child can not move on for the time. That is ok as well. Hang there for a couple of days and see if you can add on moments, seconds, minutes.
What happens if your child has a meltdown when the mask is out because they are scared about wearing them? Leave them out for them to just see them and it becomes more of a normal thing…yes, we said that. Face masks are becoming a normal thing (at least right now).
- Educate and Explain
- Lead By Example
- Child Choice
- Build Up the Time
|30 minutes and so on…
- Make it Fun