This recent pandemic has got us all anxious and stressed, hasn’t it? If it has been hard for us adults, imagine how hard it has been for the kids. Children don’t tend to speak a lot, but even they worry about losing their friends and family to this pandemic. Thus, as a parent, it becomes your duty to help your children understand the current crisis the world is facing right now. It becomes a necessity to give them information that is accurate and honest yet at the same time making sure you are not creating unnecessary fear or anxiety in their mind.
In this article, we are going to talk about how to talk to your kids about covid 19 to help them understand the facts better.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus Disease (COVID- 19)
Here are some recommendations as to how you should be talking to your kids so that they can avoid both spreading and getting infected by the disease:
1. Listen to What Your Kids Have to Say and Let Them Ask Questions
Have an open discussion with your kids. Ask them how much they already know about the pandemic. If they are too small to understand anything, just let them know about the importance of maintaining good hygiene. Keep in mind that your child needs to be able to talk to you freely. Don't ignore or avoid their concerns and acknowledge and assure their feelings.
2. Make Sure You Are Not Spreading Any Hatred or Stigma
There has been a lot of racial discrimination against people because of this pandemic. So, make sure that your children are not being bullied. Also, it is necessary to prevent them from bullying others and spreading discrimination. Your kids need to understand that this virus has got nothing to do with people's language or looks. Remind your kids that everyone is equal and should feel safe.
3. Reassure Them
Children tend to get affected a lot by listening to the news or seeing dangerous pictures online. In case your kid is finding it difficult to understand the difference between reality and pictures on the screen, reassure them of their safety. Also, make sure you are keeping up with the regular schedules and routines as much as you can.
4. Teach Them How to Remain Safe
Encourage and talk to your kids about washing their hands frequently, using sanitizers, and wearing masks when they are out in public places. Make sure the conversation seems casual, and you don't end up scaring them. Make sure your kids understand the importance of social distancing, and in case they have to cough, they need to cover their face up.
5. Share with Your Kids' Stories of Kindness
Kids need to understand how important acts of generosity and kindness are. Plenty of people are working day and night to keep others safe. They need to understand the role scientists, health workers, and other young people are playing to control this outbreak. This will help comforting children.
It's okay to feel overwhelmed by all the updates about this disease. Children are much more vulnerable to feelings of sadness, stress, and anxiety. Hopefully, this article will help you have a supportive, open discussion as well as make a positive contribution to society.