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Wearing Masks: A Dr. Seuss Approach

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When and where to wear our masks!

Check out this rhyme with a Dr. Seuss flare, it’s an entertaining way to encourage kids to wear masks. The current pandemic confuses because of face coverings everywhere. Curiosity raises as tiny squeaks and moans of frustration come to the surface. How sad, as their 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 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 with this pandemic. Tiny eyes are watching! What lessons are we teaching them? Can’t we show them to respect the 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, there are valid studies that support this for our safety. Childhood limits come back and haunt our reactions. Irritated by change, individuals react to any restriction! 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 for ourselves, or in relation to everyone’s security!

The world acts out and barks! Little ones have trouble expressing themselves, as do some grownups. What did our ancestors experience? Even when they disagreed, they did what they had to do, to move forward together.

A fun poem approach to why we wear masks in public helps explain they are a cool covering that keeps us safe. Also, by wearing them, we are protecting others. Let the kids know they are like superheroes, and they can use their superpowers to help cut risk!

Decrease their confusion by focusing on the positives. 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.

Keep the conversation going about all the new rules. Although they disappoint, we should still follow guidelines 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. We can do it together!

To make it less daunting, use this fun poem to start a conversation about why and when to wear our mask. They will accept it, with fewer arguments, when led by example. Safety is the intent! Let our responses be productive and remember, choose kindness over fighting. Help them realize we are better working to create solutions.

It’s a simple task, if asked, please wear a mask!

Everyone is doing it!

Everyone is doing it!

I hope this helps some of the confusion this is a fun way to teach the kids.

Wearing Masks a Dr. Seuss Approach:
Do I wear it in the car?
No, you don’t wear it in a car

Do I wear it on a hike?
No, you don’t wear it on a hike.

Do I wear it on my bike?
No need to 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 in a car.
Not on a hike.
But where groups stand.
And if you can!

Do I wear it on a plane?
Yes, space is cramped.
Though it’s a pain.

Do I wear them all the time?
Use your head.
And you’ll be fine.

Do people need to be so - mean?
No, they don’t, just be a team.

Can we get into some trouble?
Yes, the consequence is sometimes double.

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,

6ft apart as best you can.

We must do this for a while.

Even though it is a trial.

For those places far apart.
No need to wear it 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.
Love the people near and far.

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!

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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 through this season.

  • Mask up - when in larger groups and/or if compromised.
  • Wear them in hospitals and or public transportation.
  • Use them in public places and if ill.
  • 6 feet apart is the rule.
  • Wear a mask where it’s posted.
  • If we follow the guidelines, will get there faster.
  • Show kindness to others.

We don’t want individuals to be nasty about this obscure situation. Rather encourage one another to adhere to the rules until they resolve. Some may be disruptive in the community, and this only makes it worse for everybody. Let’s engage in peaceful conversations about how to go back to living. Everyone is emotional about losses and tough situations. We understand! I promise we do! Be a friendly human, surviving in a crisis. The path to heal is to love first, trusting, and trying to act according to the Love Letter God gave us.

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© 2020 Kathy Henderson

Comments

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:

Bronwen Scott-Branagan

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:

Greg,

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:

Linda,

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:

Greg-

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:

Eric -

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.