It’s safe to say that no one saw the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis coming, not even Healthcare providers, so as a parent, it’s no wonder you feel like you are in uncharted territories. With schools extending spring breaks, transitioning to online-only classes, and daycares closing to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, you might find yourself searching for the words to tell your kids. We have some tips on how to communicate with your children about the crisis and how you can help them alleviate any stress.
Share the Facts
Sharing the facts about Coronavirus and the risk to you and your family will help alleviate some stress. By sharing factual information, you can develop open lines of communication, allowing your kids to feel more comfortable about asking questions. Reassure them that by isolating, handwashing and cleaning, you’re doing everything you can to keep them healthy.
Limit Your Family’s Exposure to the News
While it is important to stay up to date on the latest closures and news regarding Coronoavirus, it will be beneficial to limit your family’s exposure to the news. By doing this, you lessen the possibility of your child hearing or reading information that may scare or worry them.
Establish a Routine
While many of our day-to-day routines have been disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, that doesn’t mean they have to be completely derailed. We recommend setting a schedule similar to your normal routine. This will help maintain a healthy day time and sleep schedule.
Be a Role Model
Children and teens react, in part, to what they see their parents doing. When you react to the Coronavirus crisis and mandated orders with confidence, your children will feel reassured. Lead by example and regularly wash your hands and wipe down surfaces.
Your children will likely show signs of stress like crying, avoidance of activities, bedwetting, or even a change in their sleep patterns. Ask your child how they are feeling and if they are feeling scared. Listen to what they express and reassure them that it’s okay to feel that way.
As a parent, your child’s mental health is going to be important during these trying times. The best advice we have for you is to talk to them, keep them on a set routine, and let them know that their concerns are being heard. It is also important as a parent to lead by example and stay calm cool and collected during this pandemic.
Remember, we are all in this together.