Covid 19 is here to stay & it’s important to open the communications channel & being honest & forthright with your kids. Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark. Here are a few ways in which you can help your children deal with the many emotions they may be experiencing right now due to the radical changes in their daily routines (Parents all the time, YAY, no teachers? No friends? What’s going on! Today is Meatball Day, why am I getting toast? & other headaches on kids’ minds).
1. Answer their questions about Covid 19
Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (Covid-19). You want to make sure they get reliable information — & you want them to hear it from you. Here’s our suggested way to approach the subject & talk to your kids.
2. Let your child feel their emotions & help them explore
Children must be feeling disappointed with cancelled school plays, sports matches & activities. They must be missing their friends because of the coronavirus outbreak. As per this UNICEF report Doctor’s advice is to let them be sad & help them deal with it by talking to them and exploring their feelings. in the scope of an adolescent’s life these are major losses. This is bigger for them than it is for us because we’re measuring it against our lifetime & experience. Support, expect & normalize that they are very sad & very frustrated about the losses and that they are mourning. When in doubt, empathy & support are the way to go!
3. Parents – Monitor your own behaviour about Covid 19
Children rely on their parents to provide a sense of safety & security. They take emotional cues from their parents anxiety. You need to stay calm & do not overshare your fears with the kids. You must try to have a proactive conversation with the kids & provide them with reassurance & guidance.
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