Our life stages are unique, Kathy enjoys sharing her thoughts and stages through her writing and looks forward to learning about yours.
Today, there are rules about masks, but it will be something else, fill in the blank tomorrow. This article includes a rhyme—my Dr. Seuss approach to wearing masks.
Our world is under scrutiny, and poetry and cartoons have often carried hidden agendas no matter what is going down. However, perspective is necessary; you can find good or evil in almost anything. Thing one (good) or thing two (evil), you get to choose how you look at life. Perhaps we can increase conversations to forward-thinking and not lose how we arrived at woke. It is essential to discuss the past to create a better future. Even in mask-wearing, there are two perspectives, and we should seek to understand both sides while continuing to love one another throughout life's journey.
I get it; teaching kids about mask-wearing frustrates. Knowing it will probably invent a new set of complications to child development with comprehension makes it concerning. Whether we agree or not, there are always different perspectives and experiences with rules. Be open to talking about them and understanding one another's point of view.
When and where to wear our masks!
There will always be societal rules and concerns. Our most recent restrictions are from the global pandemic, requiring people everywhere to cover the mouth and nose when in public. This one is difficult, as innocent minds struggle to comprehend these social distancing rules. Could their bewilderment develop from our inconsistencies as adults? If we’re honest, many don’t follow the rules, and then we fuss at our offspring for doing the same. Our harsh attitudes without compliance are not sound reasons for a child!
Cooperation has not been our strong suit when it comes to restrictions. Tiny eyes are watching! What lessons are we teaching them? Can’t we show them to respect guidelines is teamwork in action!
Years ago, officials told us to wear seat belts in our cars, and while many didn’t like it, we had to comply. Today, in hindsight, some studies support this for our safety. Childhood limits come back and haunt our reactions. Irritated by change, individuals react to rules! However, shouldn’t we cooperate in the interim? When we were young, we begged people to listen to our feelings and talk to us. The need to hear what someone is saying has not changed both for ourselves or concerning everyone’s security!
The world acts out and barks! Little ones have trouble expressing themselves, as do some adults. What did our grandparents/parents experience? Even when they disagreed, they did what they had to do to move forward. We can continue to battle, and there are valid points to both sides of any argument. But, for now, if you're not wearing a mask, you can't play on the playground.
I have composed a fun poem approach to why we wear masks in public. First, explain that they are an excellent covering that keeps us safe. Also, by wearing them, we are protecting others. Finally, let the kids know they are like superheroes, and they can use their superpowers to help out!
Decrease their confusion by focusing on the positives. For example, ask what character they want on the mask? Allow them to share stories of how they are experiencing these changes in routines. Try remaining active together. Exercise is of equal importance during this confinement period! Go outside, explore a project, breathe, and take part in family activities.
Would you please keep the conversation going about new rules and how they change? Although they disappoint, we should still follow as a team! Our shared goal is to keep six feet apart, at least when in large groups. The CDC says this is best for everyone’s health and wellness. To remain informed of changes and share that we can do it together! Whether we agree or not, let's put our best foot forward in complying with the rules and set an example for the kiddos until things settle. Teach them that while it frustrates them, we need to follow the current guidelines and try not to fuss so much with one another.
To make it less daunting, use this fun poem to start a conversation about why and when to wear our masks. Children will accept it, with fewer arguments, when led by example. Safety is the intent! Let our response be productive, and remember, choose kindness over fighting. Help them realize we are better at working to create solutions.
It’s a simple task if asked; please wear a mask!
Reduce With a Fun Way to Teach Kids About Mask Rules
(This is based on the ongoing rules for mask-wearing, explaining that it will vary in public situations.)
Wearing Masks a Dr. Seuss Approach:
Do I wear it in the car?
No, not always in the car.
We will talk about each case.
To be sure that you are safe.
Do I wear it on a hike?
Yes, with others on a hike.
Do I wear it on my bike?
You can wear it on your bike.
Do I wear it if I can?
Yes, in groups where many stand.
Do I wear them here or there?
Yes, if spraying in the air.
Not always when you're in a car.
Not always when you're on a hike.
But where groups stand.
And if you can!
Do I wear it on a plane?
Yes, space is cramped, so that's the aim.
Do I wear them all the time?
We'll use our heads.
And you'll be fine.
Do people need to be so - mean?
No, they don’t; we are a team.
Can we get into some trouble?
Yes, a consequence can be a struggle.
Some people may get very sick.
We hope that this will do the trick!
But do you think that this is fair?
No, but this will pass with care.
Do I wear it at my school?
Well, anywhere, that it’s the rule.
See, social distance is the plan,
Six Feet apart as best you can.
We must do this for a while.
Everyone, see, it's the style.
What if we are far apart?
Then it's not needed from the start.
But have one in your pocket, please.
In case your body wants to sneeze.
Do it so we can move on.
Do it so this won't take long.
But remember who you are.
And Love the people near and far.
The reasons why may be confusing
But we can make it so amusing.
Choose a character to play.
Like PJ Mask is on the way!
Be a team and do your part.
Showing love within your heart.
We do not need them all the time.
We do not need them everywhere.
Remember that we will be fine.
Just educate for when to wear!
Just for a while longer hang in there!
Hope this helps!
I hope this helps explain some confusion about masks. The world is going to be okay! There are positive ways of sharing a point. I tried to apply a Dr. Seuss-infused approach. I have lived well for years with a weakened immune system. By taking precautions and enjoying life, and I know we can get through. But just like anything, there is a phase of change. Wearing a shield is what the policy requires for now. Be a part of the solution, and we will make it; we are in this together.
- Mask up - when in larger groups and if compromised.
- Wear them in hospitals and or public transportation.
- Use them in public places and if ill.
- Six feet apart is the rule and good handwashing is the best defense.
- Wear a mask in public.
- If we follow the guidelines, we will get there faster.
- Show kindness to others.
We don’t want individuals to be nasty about this obscure situation. Instead, encourage one another to adhere to the rules until they resolve. Some may be disruptive, and this only makes it worse for everybody. So instead, let’s engage in peaceful conversations about how to go back to living. The path to healing is to love first, trusting it will get better if we work as a team.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Kathy Henderson
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on October 29, 2020:
Dear Demas W Jasper,
They help a bit if people wear them. :) And yes, they hide a multitude of sins. Hehehe!
Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on October 19, 2020:
Truth is...the masks help. They even help me hide the fact that I am not shaving any more than I have to! Some stufforn old coots could be stubborn to the grave. Old dogs, new tricks?
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on May 22, 2020:
Thanks Dora -
Trying to make it a little less scary for the kiddos using a poem to explain the wearing of masks.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 20, 2020:
Very helpful. I'm sure the kids will like the format, and remember and even recite some of the lines. Well done!
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on May 17, 2020:
So good to see you. Thank you, and I do hope it helps explain to little the little ones.
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on May 17, 2020:
Yes, the family time has been a blessing. Getting back to basics and helping others has been a blessing.
Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on May 17, 2020:
Love it! And I'm sure lots of children will love it too.
greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on May 17, 2020:
Thank you, Kathy. We are truly making the most of our together time, and learning to appreciate one another every single day. Be well and be safe yourself.
Lorna Lamon on May 17, 2020:
I love this poem Kathy which we can all benefit from. It also makes the wearing of a mask less frightening for kids and reminds us adults that they are absolutely necessary in the situations you have mentioned. A fun filled poem with a great message.
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on May 16, 2020:
Thanks, just trying to share the mask issues in a fun way.
Take care and stay safe out there.
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on May 16, 2020:
Thanks, that was my hope, a fun way to share with families and friends and educate the when and where of mask rules. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Just trying to put a fun spin on tough topics.
Take care and enjoy that family of yours!
greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on May 16, 2020:
Kathy - this is great! I just read it aloud to my family. I love the whimsical, lyrical way you made the mask words come out and play. We will all get through this...and much the easier if we work together at it. Nicely done.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 16, 2020:
Your poem is lovely, Kathy. I love your creativity and the idea of using poetry in the style of Dr. Suess to discuss the use of masks.
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on May 15, 2020:
Thanks, I felt a nice little break down might help. Especially for those super scared about this. We have a sweet friend who has spent much time making masks for people in the community. It is fun to wear different ones. Like helmets, there can be cool designs to make it fun.
Take Care and stay well. :)
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 15, 2020:
Really cool. Seems I am constantly swapping one mask for another, I like folks joining me ;-) My wife proclaimed I was wearing my happy mask this morning and we all got a chuckle.