We know that boys and girls will be delighted to see their friends again. Children need to socialise. This is natural and is to be encouraged. We will be looking for safe ways for children to interact with one another. It would be very helpful if parents talked to their children about how to greet each other. Think about good ways they can do this or perhaps come up with new ideas as greetings like hugs are no longer considered safe.
‘Elbow bumps’ can seem clumsy and bring us within a metre of the other person. Alternatives include a bow, a smile and wave, an imaginary hat tip, a salute, ‘Namaste’, ‘High 5 in the Air’, ‘Air Hug’, ‘Knuckles & Boom’, a wink, the ‘Dab’, the ‘Floss’, the ‘Twist’, the ‘Shake’, the ‘Shaka’, the ‘Peace Sign’ and ‘Jazz Hands’. Words help us express our delight at seeing one another too. With younger children or with children who are unsure of what to do, children and parents can ‘role play’ these greetings. Understandably we would like to avoid ones with the potential to cause misunderstandings or to escalate into all out war e.g. finger snaps, funny faces, the ‘Toe Tap.’ Let’s have fun with this and make ‘a virtue out of a necessity.’ What greetings can your child think of?