How To Talk To Your Children About Covid-19

How To Talk To Your Children About Covid-19

How To Talk To Your Children About Covid-19At this point, if you haven’t already, it would be an excellent time to speak with your children regarding coronavirus. Their friends are likely talking about it, their extracurricular activities have been canceled due to it, and it is plastered all over news programs. It is surrounding us, both figuratively and literally, and even though they may not be asking questions, they may have a few. Additionally, what they are hearing or presuming can be more damaging than the actual reality of the situation.

How to start the conversation

Like any conversation that you have with your kids, it is most beneficial to address the subject in an age-appropriate manner that will ease their fears. If you are confused as to how to start the conversation, simply ask the child their feelings on the current situation and what they have overheard regarding the pandemic. This will enable you to get a clear understanding as to what the child knows and permit you to clear up any misinformation. Follow their lead and assure them that they can always reach out to you later if they think of a question or would generally like further information.

Recognize their anxiety

If your child seems to be at all anxious about the coronavirus, it is of great importance to recognize that. Additionally, make certain that you are managing your own mental health throughout these trying times. It is not unusual for children to look to their parents for signs about how concerned they should be. You can display a healthy response to the pandemic by being concerned about the situation whilst still communicating calmly.

Bring attention to the what you are doing in efforts to remain safe

It is essential for kids and adults alike to recognize that while this disease is highly contagious, it can be prevented with proper preventative measures. Make sure to suggest some very simple and essential things we can all do to prevent sickness such as washing hands frequently, steering clear of contact with the face, and regularly sterilizing common surfaces. Kids can feel empowered by identifying the particular safety precautions that the whole family can take in attempting to remain healthy.

This time can be scary for most, but doubly so for children. They, like most of us, have not lived through a situation such as this; it can cause anxiety to ramp up and they might not know how to accurately express how they are feeling. Luckily, you can get a clearer idea as to how they are feeling by having a simple heart to heart conversation and providing words of assurance.

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