Panic, Privilege and Pandemics: What We Can Do Now to Keep it All in Check

3. Order Takeout

If you frequent small businesses for breakfast or lunch, and they are staying open for takeout, order to go. Small businesses are sure to take a big hit from less traffic.

4. Offer to Watch Someone’s Child

If schools close and you know a family who can’t find childcare but must go to work, offer to watch their kids.

5. Fly and Maybe Even Buy

Check on your elderly and immunocompromised neighbors to see if you can pick up prescriptions, grab some groceries, or run an errand so they don’t have to brave public spaces.

6. Take Advantage of the Teaching Moment

When explaining to your kids why things are cancelled, express your disappointment, but also talk about the reasons why: so that we can make sure Grandma and Grandpa stay healthy, and make sure our sick neighbors don’t get sicker. Kids are born more compassionate than fearful. It’s up to us as parents to cultivate the sense of community that we hope will surround them if they were ever in need.

We are a country that celebrates free will. But if our own free will prevents others from living their pursuit of happiness, we are doing nothing to live up to the promises our forefathers made. The coronavirus pandemic gives us an opportunity to respond with compassion instead of fear, and walk the walk of community. I know we can do it … right after we all wash our hands.

Saralyn Ward
Saralyn Ward
Saralyn Ward is an award-winning writer, wellness advocate, and mountain mama. She is the founder of The Mama Sagas, writes for several publications and hosts a regular parenting TV segment on Colorado's Everyday Show. When she's not huddled over edits, you're likely to find Saralyn climbing peaks or skiing down them, and reminding herself that the three little ones that call her mom are not the boss of her.

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