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5 ways to keep in touch with friends and family when you can't visit in real life

Jasmin Thankachen


With school closed for so long, my youngest son already misses his friends. With social distancing comes social isolation for families, including children. Here are five ways to keep in touch with friends from school, as well as Grandma and Grandpa and other loved ones:


Be a penpal! Share about all the fun you are having at home. Teach your child to write a letter and send it along to friends or relatives.

Make a card and send a package of treats for relatives living far away or in quarantine. Since you are not able to visit, they would love to know that you care.

Online lunch date. Fix a date and time to be with friends over Skype or a similar platform. Share what’s cookin’ at your house and have a chat over lunch!

Birthday wishes. Having a birthday in these circumstances can be tough for any child. Plan to have friends call in and leave messages for your little one to hear or have friends send their child’s birthday card creations through the mail or as a photo. It will be a total surprise!

Package delivery! Drop off a drawing or a special piece of art, trade books with a note saying what you liked about the book. Keep kids busy while teaching empathy.


Jasmin Thankachen is the administrative coordinator and project manager for Seattle's Child and the mom of two school-age boys.

More resources:

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