When the realities of social distancing went into play, I breathed one selfish sigh of relief. The silver lining is that my son is just two years old. Odds are he won’t remember any of this, I remember thinking to myself.
But, less than a month later, we were Zooming in for one of his friend’s second birthday parties. My typically happy son—who’d been cut off from his toddler peers since mid-March—was downright giddy upon seeing his pals. He was slapping the table with open palms, clapping and whooping. Suddenly, my initial relief turned into a micro panic attack. Socially and emotionally-speaking, would he really be unaffected by all this?
I decided to check in with Madeline Levine, Ph.D., author of Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World, to get her take on the impact of social distancing on the preschool set. Here’s what she had to say.