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What are other Mums doing about their kids’ boyfriends and girlfriends during COVID-19?

We have said absolutely no contact because they wouldn’t stay 1.5m apart and we’re not meant to be socialising at home.

We really want to stick to the rules but what if it’s 6 months? I actually don’t know what to do!

Posted anonymously, 31st March 2020

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  • It is a tough call as you are exposing yourself to another family and their kids ultimately depends the child I think

  • You could always move in for a while?

  • We have set rules where they see each other once a week. They usually go for a walk but also have Bering using FaceTime and calls more regularly.

  • I think it’s important to let them see each other for mental health reasons. There is a clause their for this. Seeing each other can be that they go for a walk or a bike ride or dinner. Two families can agree on a few rules here. Lets be sensible, they are not flaunting they system. Just the same as a elderly person getting a visit from a friend, one person one visitor. Hands washed and keep a distance.

  • I think they need I obey the rules it’s safer for everyone

  • I would encourage them to find different ways of contact like skype, zoom or whatsapp. They could hang out for ours chatting, doing exercises together or making music or whatever in this way.

  • I think it’s got to be a no right now. It would be a breach of the law (as I understand it).

  • Honestly, they need to obey the rules of social distancing like everyone else now has too. If they don’t understand how serious this is, then they really need to start having some empathy and understanding of things being MUCH bigger than them.
    Teenagers can now learn about long distance relationships and how things were for their grandparents and great grandparents. If their relationships can’t survive not “seeing” each other for a little while (or longer if it turns out to be longer) then maybe that relationship really wasn’t meant to be!
    The rules apply to EVERYONE! Including the generation of teenagers who seem to believe that the world revolves around them and that they should be the ones making all the rules.

  • They will just have to use whatever social media platform they wish to use and not see each other until this ends. Make them play a game of him going to war while she stays at home – they can write love letters to each other like our parents had to do for real.

  • I think we ALL need to be doing ALL we can to slow the spread of covid19, including your kids and their boy/girlfriends. It won’t be for ever

  • I may be for longer than 6 months. Doctors and Specialists are doing most consultations by phone. Our local Medical Centre entrance is “manned” (their words) at the moment. If you have a cough of any type at all they won’t let you in. Mine is a “phlem” cough but I was told they wouldn’t allow me to go in. I am due for a blood test but it will have to wait until I get rid of my cough. It’s not going to easy as a normal cough is a side effect of prescription medication I have to take twice a day.

  • Either they live together in the one household or they will need to facetime. I don’t have this issue so I don’t know what else to suggest.

  • We don’t have to deal with this at the moment, but we have friends who have not changed their behaviour in any way at all, having their daughter visit her boyfriend and vice versa. My concern with that is their daughter is working in a bakery then visiting her boyfriend of a night where she spends time with his entire family. She then returns home to her Mum who is working in a Medical Centre and her Dad who is working outdoors and then going to work to serve many customers. The sharing/tracing when you consider all those factors is huge in terms of people numbers.

  • I too am in the same situation and I think the hardest ones hit is this generation. they will become depressed. We let our son have a visit twice a week with social distancing otherwise its just Instagram etc, If it lasts 6 months I don’t have a clue .

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