EDITOR’S NOTE: City Dads Group is working with longtime partner Dove Men+Care to create “how to” videos for the grooming products company’s “Dads Care” campaign. We will be featuring the videos and scripts our members appear in. This one features Flor Mercado of our Orlando Dads Group, with a little help from his daughter talking about co-parenting while social distancing during the pandemic.
Co-parenting can be a struggle sometimes and, let’s be honest, adding social distancing to it can bring up even greater challenges. For those unfamiliar with co-parenting, it is when a mom and a dad live in two different households and still do everything possible to take care of their child.
Take care errands when your child is away
When my daughter is with me for the week, her mom takes care of all her grocery shopping, any post office runs, doctor visits — anything that would involve her leaving the home and coming in contact with others. That way it keeps all of us safe and her out of harm’s way. Next week, I will basically do the same on my end.
Keep others away
Another precaution we take is to eliminate visits from family and friends. Although we love them and we want to see them every day and as much as possible, we have put that on pause for now. We instead utilize video calls, sometimes multiple times a day. This, again, is keep both households and ourselves as safe as possible and away from any potential threats or viruses that we may encounter.
Quarantine when necessary
Sometimes life happens and we may have to come in contact with others. In that case we do quarantine ourselves for 14 days. Even though this is outside of our routine schedule, sometimes it has to be done to ensure the safety not just of our daughter but also for us, her parents. We don’t want to be transferring things from one house to the other so a 14-day quarantine is something that we do for ourselves just to make sure.