CHICO, Calif. - The coronavirus pandemic made people re-think how they interact daily with others.
Parents and their children have had to balance safety with sanity while staying at home since March.
Yet, while trying to stay safe, it's still very important for children to socialize.
"Children tend to engage in attention-seeking behaviors, and they don't have that routine that they're used to with other adults, teachers, aides, other professionals, the children," said Family Coach Andrea Santos.
"I think parents have to step in and do all of those roles," said Santos, who works at Family First located in Chico. "They have to be the friend, they have to be the therapist, if they need it. I think that's very important to just play with your child and providing attention."
But having friends over mid-pandemic is not recommended. Luckily, the Chico Area Recreation and Parks District and General Manager Ann Willman have you covered with CARD summer programs.
"There are groups with 8 to 10 children," said Willman. "They're with that same group the entire week. We've gone as far as color-coding the groups so we can make sure the kids know exactly where they're supposed to be. We're really minimizing the crossover in the different group areas."
She added, "...as a working parent you are constantly juggling schedules and making sure that your kids are happy and safe and we're grateful that families have chosen the CARD programs to help with that."
You can sign-up at the CARD Community Center at 545 Vallombrosa Ave. in Chico. Or you can visit their website, HERE