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It’s hard enough to understand everything that is going on with the Covid-19 pandemic as an adult, so what do you do if your child asks questions about Covid-19?
Many parents think that approaching difficult conversations can bring about increased worry and anxiety. The opposite is true, it’s all in the delivery. Approach the conversation in a developmentally appropriate way… without overwhelming them with information that they can’t quite understand.
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Here are some tips from experts around the country:
Give your child the gift of listening. Listen to what your child knows and gently correct any misconceptions and misinformation. “There has been a lot of talk about coronavirus. Tell me what you know OR tell me what you’ve heard about it.” “Tell me what your friends are saying about this coronavirus.”
Validate your children’s feelings. If they are feeling scared, reflect their statements back to them. “I know it’s a little scary, I sometimes get a little worried, here are some things we can do to keep ourselves healthy so we can be ok.”
Present yourself calmly and model a sense of healthy coping, optimism and confidence. It will help your child feel the same.
To read more about tackling difficult conversations regarding the Coronavirus please click here! They do a great job of discussing developmentally appropriate ways to discuss Coronavirus facts, why people are getting sick (and why some don’t recover), child-friendly ways to explain why we need to isolate and tips on talking with teens!
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