It’s important to include kids in the COVID-19 conversation!
Coronavirus news is affecting many parts of our society, and the news of it is everywhere. There are travel restrictions, closures, and precautions being taken in schools and businesses. From newspapers to online publications, many adults may have to confront how to address this issue with their small child.
At Community Education Research Group, education is at the forefront of what we do, which means keeping everyone informed, even our tiniest students. Join us in this important dialogue of talking to your child about Coronavirus.
5 Tips For Talking to Your Child About Coronavirus
When an event like COVID-19 impacts all parts of our daily lives, as adults, we have the resources to better understand what’s going on (even though it can be scary for us too), but kids may feel the shifts, but may not understand what is going on or how to adequately express it.
The first thing is to really tune into your child — are they acting out or grumpier more than normal? Or, are they fussy or combative? Any changes in behavior or habits may be a result of the felt disorder and impact that the Coronavirus is having on us as a whole.
With this in mind, navigating this conversation should be reassuring — stay calm, speak confidently, and reassure your little one. It’s vital not to escalate any fears or make them worry more than they already are.
Let’s dive into some good talking points for your kids.
Address your feelings about the situation.
Before you are able to speak about Coronavirus to others, especially kids, it’s integral that you address any feelings you have about it. If you’re feeling stressed and anxious about it, this is the wrong time to talk to a child about it. First, take care of your feelings before speaking to children.
Be open about the Coronavirus.
Talk about this issue in the open with age-appropriate dialogue. Avoiding the topic can sometimes make kids worry more — like you’re hiding something — so instead focus on facts and rely on reputable sources such as the Center For Disease Control (CDC).
Let them steer the conversation.
The more organic the conversation can be, the better. Looking for cues is also important — ask them if they have any questions, and if they don’t, you can leave it be. And if they do have questions, you can answer them honestly and in the most age-appropriate manner. For little ones — preschool and younger — this is providing enough information, but not too much to scare them.
Young kids, especially preschoolers, operate in a self-centered manner, so scary news about the virus may convince them that they will catch it. If this happens, be encouraging and remind them of the facts and how unlikely it is for them to get it.
Continue the conversation.
The conversation surrounding the Coronavirus will likely be in the news for a while so it’s important to not have one conversation about it and be done, but to keep the dialogue open and allow them to come to you with any questions that pop up. It’s also a good idea to check in every so often to make sure they’re okay.
With all the information about Coronavirus moving around the media, it’s important to talk to your kids about it, to keep everyone in the loop and feeling safe!
To learn more, connect with the CDC.
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