After an unusual and difficult year, families may be eager to jump into summer fun. Parents want to give summer back to their kids, but experts say parents should ease their children into more common play schedules as the COVID-19 pandemic lessens in the United States.
Sara Siddiqui, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone and NYU Langone Huntington Medical Group, tells Healthline that some children may feel social anxiety as they step back into the world after more than a year of isolation.
“There may be times when children need to adjust to new behaviors, just as they did with certain behaviors during the pandemic,” says Dr. Siddiqui. “We should give them time to adjust to the new settings and make them comfortable. Start out with smaller groups of one or two children in an area comfortable for the child. Allow time for children to get to know each other again.”
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