How to explain Safer at Home to Kids

Here is a really nice children’s story written by Nazaret Gómez, a Spanish social worker, to explain the importance of self-isolation for kids.  The article was originally published in

“I am Lucas, and Papa and Mama have told me that we have to stay at home a few days without going out, because there is a “bug” in the street that can make us sick. The doctors are busy hunting the bug but it can’t get inside because our houses are MAGIC…And Papa and Mama are right when they say that our house is magic, because everything has changed: Yesterday we ate breakfast the three of us together, today we made cookies for a snack. Now I don’t hear Mama say, “hurry up, we are going to be late!!; eat this quickly because we only have five minutes before we have to go; I can’t play with you because I’m tidying up.”

We have played the board game that Santa brought me that we’d only played with once, we’ve taken baths without rushing, and we’ve colored, danced (even Papa) and we’ve made a castle out of Papa’s papers. And everything we’ve done, we’ve done it together.

My parents always say that I am the most important person for them. I knew that, but they don’t stop telling me how much they love me. It’s almost gotten annoying, like when they insist I try some of that food I don’t like.

Papa and Mama look at each other and smile. They haven’t gotten angry during these days about things around the house, the food, money, and those things that adults yell about. Ahhhhh!!!, and we’ve gone out onto the balcony and the people were clapping, I think it’s because the doctors must have managed to catch some of the bugs.

My grandparents have learned how to use the videochat function on their phone. The bug is quick but the doctors are quicker. Papa and Mama have kissed. And our house has become magic, yes it has.”

Article: Nazaret Gómez, a 36-year-old social worker in Lepe, Spain who has worked since 2008 with underprivileged children, has composed a children’s story to explain the country-wide quarantine.

Her story, originally posted as a letter to her Facebook page, has gone viral. The story is designed to raise the spirits of the littlest ones at home explaining that there is a “little bug that can make us sick” in the street and that the doctors are trying to hunt it down. To this she adds that the “bug” can’t get inside the house because houses are magic.

In a few short hours, the Facebook post on the woman from Lepe’s page has garnered almost 2,000 “likes” and has been shared almost 5,000 times, for which Nazaret Gómez told the reporter “I am overwhelmed by all of the positive feedback from so many people all over Spain who are glad to have a way to explain what is happening to the youngest members of our population.”

Original article in Spanish:

*I translated this very quickly, apologies for any errors