When we started quarantining a few months ago, we all assumed that at some point soon, things would go back to normal. Well, that might have happened if the rules were laid out definitively and everyone followed them, but that’s not exactly how things we went down. My area in New York, which was hit the hardest back in March, now appears to be in pretty decent shape thanks to everyone taking this pandemic seriously. But, of course, that can all go backwards if people start getting too cavalier with social distancing. Many other parts of the country are already seeing their Covid numbers rise exponentially, thanks to states reopening too soon.
It seems like many people are getting increasingly bored of staying home and starting to relax their quarantine rules. Some are taking more risks by opening their bubbles (we have done that with people we know have also been taking quarantine seriously) and others are throwing caution completely to the wind and heading out to bars and restaurants. I also know that most of my fellow parents are sick of distance learning (myself included) and praying our kids will get to back to school in the fall. But, as I saw written in countless tweets and memes over the last week— just because we are done with Covid, doesn’t mean it is done with us.
So, what’s the answer? Well, we have no solid answer. But we do know that if you are going to venture out, wearing a mask is the best thing you can do to lower your chances of getting or spreading the virus. No, it’s not 100% guaranteed, but there is no question that when societies adopt mask wearing as a rule, the COVID numbers start to level out and go down. It protects both you and the people around you. Personally, I find it pretty shocking to see how many people are unwilling to comply, even though they’ve been told this simple concept.
You want life to get back to normal sooner? WEAR A MASK.
There was a time when I thought getting my kids to wear a mask would be next to impossible, but you know what? I WAS WRONG. Turns out kids are pretty amenable to masks, especially if you give them a mask they are excited to wear. You know how your kids pretend to have minor injuries just so that they can wear a Batman or Hello Kitty bandage? It’s kinda like that.
I recently discovered MaskClub, which has tons of licenses to use characters from all your family’s favorite cartoons, TV shows and Superheroes. You can buy them one off or get a subscription, where you get a new mask each month and with each mask purchased. Either way, they give one mask to America’s first responders for every mask sold, through a partnership with the First Responders Children’s Foundation. MaskClub was started in Detroit, when COVID19 first broke out, solely to help their local hospital secure protective equipment. Then, when the CDC started recommending that everyone cover their faces, they started to create coverings for people outside of healthcare too. Now MaskClub has over 1000 different designs including Sesame Street, Superman, Paw Patrol, Jojo Siwa and Spongebob.
I can’t even tell you how excited Mazzy and Harlow were to look at the MaskClub site and select masks to wear in public. There is no greater advertisement for your love of “We Bare Bears” or Gudetama than when it is pictured right across your face.
Harlow practically squealed with glee when she found Ice Bear on the site.
Mazzy jumped at the chance to have her favorite lazy egg prominently displayed. I don’t even need to see her whole face to know that she is smiling under there!
I found myself a little giddy when I found a selection of Friends masks. I had to make the tough decision between the Pivot mask, the Central Perk mask or the classic Friends logo. I went classic.
And much to my surprise, Mike jumped at the chance to wear a Mighty Mouse mask.
Also on Mask Club, you will find Wonder Woman, Gilmore Girls and Snoopy. If your kid loves Kraft Mac and Cheese, that’s there too. If they are obsessed with Dippin Dots, they’ve got a mask for you. Is your kid a raccoon lover like Harlow? HERE’S YOUR MASK.
You can make whatever statement you want. There’s also preppy patterns, animal prints, candy themes, and funny sayings like “rosé goes here.” I know quite a few friends who should order one of those.
So, please don’t tell me that your kids won’t wear a mask, if you haven’t checked out MaskClub and given them the option of wearing Teen Titans Go or Care Bears.
If your husband is giving you a hard time about a mask, show him the options for Cheers, Star Trek and Looney Tunes. Mike was also very excited about a Beverly Hills 90210 mask with Dylan McKay’s photo. Apparently, this is some sort of inside joke with his college buddies. WHO KNEW.
Living through this pandemic is not easy, but we can do it, if we all work together. I thank companies like MaskClub for making masks more kid-friendly. Your kids are going to have to learn to wear them one way or another.
I’m giving away five masks to one lucky winner in the comments below. Just visit MaskClub, pick your kid’s favorites and leave your choices in the comments!
Congratulations to Jennifer A! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
So fun! My daughter’s favorites are as follows:
1. Space Nebula
2. Space Purple Nebula
3. Teal Chevron Pattern
4. Harry Potter Hogwarts House Constellation
5. Harry Potter Hand-drawn Icons
We think the Cat Face is hilarious. Other faves are Space Starfield, Pizza Slices, Hipster Beard and Bazinga.
Such cute designs! My kids liked the Spongebob face, Patrick face, cat paws print, strawberry print and flash logo.
My daughter for sure would want the Tye Dye spiral. Anything colorful for her! My son and I can’t pick just one!
They are all so amazing! Our 4 year old loves the Dippin’ Dots rainbow, but we would all love the Hogwarts masks. Thanks for introducing us to these fun and well made masks!
My boys would love some Harry Potter masks! Okay, who am I kidding? I’d want them, too! These are so cute! Thanks for the chance to win.
Definitely Harry Potter! We just started reading the books as a family and our kids (and us) are hooked!!!
Elmo is the favorite in my house, so I’m sure my boys would love an Elmo face mask.
Cats and kittens for my daughter who is destined to be a future crazy cat lady!
I laughed at the “Twilight Zone” masks, how oddly appropriate for the times we’re living in!
These are cute! My son would love the Kraft Mac and Cheese, the cats, the space ones and the emojis. I need to get the Cookie Monster and raccoon ones for myself!
Thank you, this collection is fantastic!
My kids are also Teen Titans fans, so I’ll pick that for them. But for myself: the Oompa Loompas. And then I’d sing tiny songs of moral warning everywhere I go.
1. Hello Kitty Unicorn
2. Sesame Street cute characters
3. Woodstock with flowers
5. Fairly odd parents
Thank you for the giveaway.
These masks are so cool! My son loved the emojis (as expected) and also the tie-die patterns (total surprise!). Our top 5 are: tie dye heart, The Flash Tie Dye Flash Logo, Tie Dye Spiral, emoji TM – The Iconic Brand Rainbow Poo, emoji TM – The Iconic Brand Cool Poo
So many choices! I’d choose for Harry Potter and Where’s Waldo for my son and Donut Unicorns and Tie Dye for my daughter. And the fifth would be the the Mac and Cheese Smile mask… or maybe a Gilmore Girls mask for me!
My kids are 7&8 and starting to hit that stage where their preferences change daily. Something that was cool one day is suddenly embarrassing the next. With this in mind I think I would pick fairly neutral masks but still fun!
1. Tye dye swirl
2. Peanuts Woodstock smell the flowers
3. Camp pink
4. Camo green
5. American flag
The kids would like
3. Ninja Turtles
5. Teen Titans
I kinda want the Reptar one!!!
We love all the Jojo siwa ones my personal fave is rugrats and if their brother was older (he’s under 2) they wanted to get him all of the Sesame Street designs.
Well, my daughter totally wants some Harry Potter Masks. And my son loves that Racoon one. I am going to need a Flash one for my husband and I think I need something fun like tie dye for myself! MaskClub really has a mask for everyone!
My daughter would love to wear the spongebob one the most!
The others she would like are wonder woman, teen titans, the flash and batman.
My son loves the flash one!
So fun! My kids’ favorites are the Peanuts and Hello Kitty ones.
I love Harlows mask the best. I have a teammate who loves Gilmore Girls going to check them out.
I was looking at them this morning! My daughter loves JoJo Siwa, Carebears, Peanuts, We Bare Bears, & the Lotería ones! I think she fell in love with the Lotería patterns because it’s a game we play when we’re with my family, a little part of her Mexican heritage!
Finding masks with patterns she actually likes is rad, she’s having to wear them because she catches viruses so easily.
Love them!!! My son would choose scooby, my daughter would choose dc super hero girls, I would choose friends and my husband would chose flash
Loved the tie dye and the Harry Potter!
My daughter would be into most of the emoji ones and my son would go nuts for Waldo!
Love the Care Bears masks! Also my kid is into friends even though I don’t think she’s ever seen the show! (She just has a bunch of stickers on her hydro flask lol.
Cats & kittens or donuts, rainbows and unicorns! Such fun masks!
Fairly Odd Parents
Reptar from rugrats
There are literally soooo many!
These are so much fun. If we have to wear masks we may as well do it in style!!
So fun!! My son loves Bare bears. Also scooby doo, Batman, the blue tie dye and of course Superman! This might make mask wearing a lot more fun for my 6 year old!
My kid loves the scooby doo mask with his face on a green background.
Harry Potter! He’d love the ones with all of house symbols. And Batman!
My daughter would love the Paw Patrol ones, anything with rainbows and unicorns, and Hello Kitty! So many adorable designs! I’m going to have to get a friends one for myself!
My daughter would love the Jojo Siwa unicorns and rainbows mask and my son would love the American flag tie dye!
My girls love the royal unicorn or the Jojo Unicorn. So many designs! It’s hard to pick.
we love this company, how fun are these prints!?
My 3 yo has quite a few faves:
1. Shrek face
2. Llama Llama
3. Cookie Monster with all the cookies
4. Care Bears
5. and lastly, the hot dog with the toppings (yum)
I really appreciate you for writing this useful and timely article about wearing masks and keeping social distance. We all know that the kids and elderly people are more vulnerable to the Covid 19 Coronavirus attack and hence highlighting about kids in your post is a great thing.
I do work as a housemaid and nanny in a family where I’m taking care of two children. I have managed to let them know the importance of wearing masks and they are very open to the idea as well.
I hope the pandemic days will end soon and we can live a normal life.
I love the analogy that masks are the new BandAids! My kids love their masks thus far but always nice to have extra, especially ones they would be super jammed to wear!