As talks around COVID-19 increases, your child’s fears about it could also grow. It’s completely natural for them to experience anxiety about something that has disrupted their daily routine. With your help, your children can face the situation more confidently.
Check out these tips for discussing COVID-19 with your kids to help them navigate this time.
Give Them Clarity
Have your children explain what they believe they know about COVID-19. Many kids, when they overhear news or conversations, find it challenging to filter information and land on the facts. Be sure to provide age-appropriate information to answer any of their questions.
Focus on the Helpers
Fred Rogers once shared, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’’”
Right now, the news can seem scary to children. Focus on the positives with them by discussing the important role of health care professionals who are providing treatment. Discuss the efforts that everyday people are making to protect others and stop the spread of COVID-19. Also, brainstorm ways your family can be helpers in your community during this time.
Empower Your Kids
Explain to your children that their own actions can help keep their family safe during this time. Review good hygiene and handwashing practices. Also explain the need to take a break from visiting friends and other family members during this time.
Before talking with your kids about COVID-19, take a moment to center yourself. While it is completely normal to feel anxious at this time, your children will pick up on your mood when you’re talking with them. Make sure you are setting a calm and collected example.
Brainstorm New Opportunities
With school closures and social distancing, extra time at home means more time to try something new. As a family, come up with a list of things you can do to pass the time. Find a new game to play. Take up new hobbies or learn something new. Now is also a great time to teach kids household skills that are not part of a traditional classroom curriculum.
Continue the Conversation
As new information about COVID-19 becomes available, it’s important to continue to stay connected with your kids. Make sure they know they can always ask you any questions about the virus and discuss any feelings.
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