How can I encourage my child to keep a mask on his or her face? Helping your child adapt to wearing a mask is a topic that has raised concerns with parents everywhere. Whether you are currently living in a state where wearing a mask (for children over age 2) is now mandatory, or you just want to ensure protection for your child and others, it is important to prepare.
Check out these seven quick tips designed to help make wearing a mask easier on everyone.
1. Explain Why
Use easy-to-understand language and positive phrasing. For example, you might say, “Many people are sick right now. Wearing a mask will protect you from germs.”
2. Take a Picture
Ask family members or friends to take pictures of themselves wearing masks. You can even arrange a virtual get together so everyone can show off their masks.
3. Practice Makes Perfect
Shape the behavior by breaking it down into smaller steps. Then practice and reinforce each step.
- Holding the mask.
- Putting it against his or her face
- Securing the elastic
4. Let’s Pretend
Integrate masks into your favorite pretend play schemes. Encourage your child to dress up as a doctor, nurse or veterinarian.
5. Get Creative
Allow your child to decorate their mask using crayons or markers. If you are planning to make a DIY cloth mask, allow him/her to pick the fabric color or pattern.
6. Start with Familiar Clothing
Choose clothing that your child already wears and turn it into a mask. Some ideas include: a scarf, balaclava or bandana
7. Stuffed Animals & Dolls Need Masks Too
Put a mask on your child’s favorite stuffed animal or doll as a reminder that we are all in this together.