Updated: Mar 18, 2020
As a daycare provider and preschool teacher I ask kids to make space for each other all the time. Now that Mayors all over the United States are electing to mandate "shelter in place" and social distancing protocols, grownups are compelled to reevaluate what "making space" really means for themselves, their family, and the world population. As a culture, Americans have never been good at taking siestas, slowing-down, and general self-care practices, which are all ways of creating room for ourselves to heal, grow, and rejuvenate ourselves. However, just as preschoolers learn in daycare, this is an opportunity for adults to explore how backing away, listening to the needs of others, and respecting peoples bodies can develop into deeper connections with our friends and neighbors.
Article By: Kristen Lee Langelier, Director of Crayon Power Playschool