“I heard that Coronavirus is the worst disease ever”
It’s important that you talk to your kids about coronavirus, and its potential harms – before some else does and tells them the wrongs things. This is crucial because misinformation may cause your children to become fearful and affect them physically and emotionally, especially now that kids are back at school.
This article will talk about how to talk to your children about the Coronavirus, specific points to focus on, and extra resources.
How to Talk to Your Kiddos About Coronavirus
The manner you talk to your children about Coronavirus is the most important thing when telling your kids about it.
According to Harvard psychology professor Jacqueline Sperling, the best way to your children about Coronavirus is to tell them the facts and nothing beyond that. That means avoid talking to them about the death toll, and stories of people who contracted the disease. As the parent, you are the one who responsible for curating the messages your child is receiving. Sometimes it’s not important for them to know every single thing – especially if it might make them fearful.
Be a model of calmness for your children. Show them although the Coronavirus is a big deal, that you are dealing with it, and that you’re able to still get through your day.
It may be a good idea to tell them that the most up-to-date information tells us that the Coronavirus is usually very mild in children.
After delivering the information to them, leave room for them to ask questions, and give them reassuring answers.
All of these recommendations sum up into this sentence: communicate to your children the factual information about the disease without inspiring fear in them and give them space to ask questions.
What to do if my Child Seems Anxious About it?
If you find that your child keeps asking you the same questions about the virus, but your answers don’t seem to lessen their anxiety – your child may be dealing with reassurance seeking. In that case, it may be best to consult with a psychologist knowledgeable in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and see if they can work out a solution with them.
Great Resources to Help Your Child Learn About The Coronavirus
If you are having a hard time communicating with your children about the Coronavirus, then there are many resources out there such as comics and podcasts that can help.
Specific Points to Focus on
One of the best ways to mitigate fear is to take positive actions, according to research. So, the most important thing to talk to your children about are things they can do to protect themselves against the virus.
Wash Your Hands
The most important thing for your children is to wash their hands with soap after coming back home from outside, for at least 20 seconds.
As everyone knows, kids aren’t that easy to convince to do ANYTHING – but you can wash your hands with them and maybe even teach them this cute handwashing song to keep them engaged.
Catch that Cough
It’s also important to tell them that they should cough and sneeze into their sleeves, and not into their hands – especially in public.
All in all, it’s important for you to talk to your children about the Coronavirus. Tell them the factual information and avoid discussing any topics that may make them fearful and anxious about the virus. If your child seems to be overly anxious, it may be best to consult with a CBT trained psychologist.
Trust that you and your family will get through this pandemic, and your children will draw from your strength.
How are your kids coping with the Pandemic? Do you have any extra resources? Tell us in the comments below…
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