It Takes a Virtual Village

. March 27, 2020.

Relying on others during social distancing

Things feel scary right now. There’s a lot of uncertainty about so many things and that can make a lot of us feel uneasy. Each day there’s another closure, another announcement about what’s to come, another plea for all of us to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

We’re all worried about this virus and how it could affect our families, our loved ones and our friends. We’re juggling working remotely, homeschooling our kids, running a household and hanging onto our sanity. Even as we’re practicing social distancing to keep everyone safe, we need others now more than ever

On any given day as a parent, we need our village to help us survive and thrive. Today we need our village to help us through these unchartered waters. Because we can’t be in the same room with each other, we need to rely on our virtual village. Thankfully technology today allows us to connect with family and friends across the country and across the street. 

Use FaceTime or Skype to connect with others. It’s a great way for children to keep in touch with friends and family while keeping each other safe. You may not be able to get together in person, but you can share a cup of coffee or glass of wine with each other thanks to today’s technology. 

In addition to family and friends, there are lots of online resources and virtual “villages” available to you right here locally. You can find many of these on social media. 

Toledo Area Parent has a Toledo Parent Support Group, an online lifeline of sorts, providing members with helpful and updated information about COVID-19, educational guides and a virtual community. 

Support Sylvania is an online group to support each other through child care, household supply exchange, and helpful info sharing. 

Because of the escalating situation with this virus, you may find Mutual Aid Toledo a helpful online resource. This is a rapid response network to the COVID-19 crisis, especially in response to dwindling resources and income because of business closures. 

If you have kids home from college, you may want to take a look at the Sylvania Community Action Team. This group’s Facebook page has some helpful hints for parents that have their college students back home with them. 

These are challenging circumstances, but we are all in this together. And that’s how we’ll get through this.

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