Tips for families during COVID-19
Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus with children. Most children will have already heard about the virus, so parents shouldn’t avoid talking about it and not talking about something can actually make kids worry more. Special thanks to the UW College of Education for creating this resource page for approaching these discussions as opportunities to convey facts and establish an emotional tone. Information was also drawn from the Centers for Disease Control resource page on coping with the coronavirus.
Take time to talk with your child about the coronavirus outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand. See also:
Reassure your child they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
Limit your child’s exposure to media coverage of the event. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
Help your child to have a sense of structure. Once it is safe to return to school or child care, help them return to their regular activity.
Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members and rely on your social support system.
Help your family engage in fun and meaningful activities consistent with your family and cultural values. Make time to do things at home that have made you and your family feel better in other stressful situations, such as reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, exercising, or engaging in religious activities (prayer; participating in services on the Internet). The UW Center for Child & Family Well-Being has created a new resource page focused on supporting well-being for children, parents, and caregivers amidst the challenges with COVID-19.
Remember, you are your child’s most trusted news source and your goal is to help your children feel informed and get factual information that is likely more reassuring than whatever they’re hearing from their friends or on the news.