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Wondering how to talk to your kids about the fears they have and the stress and sadness they feel due to all the events surrounding this pandemic? We can help. All children, regardless of age, developmental level or health status, could be feeling stress due to the ways in which their routines and lives have changed in response to Covid-19. Knowing what to say to your children can be emotional for you too. As parents, we understand. That's why we've put together a few tips to make talking with your children a little easier.
While children express stress in different ways than adults, they may still have many of the same feelings as adults. Sadness, worry, anger and feelings of loss may be common.
Even though you're doing your best to help your child’s life feel as "normal" as possible, children can sense the changes going on around them, and they may have overheard adult conversations and news. Children also sense adult worry and anxiety. Children fear the unknown, and they often imagine things far worse than reality, so avoiding the discussion of Covid-19 with your children could cause more worry.
To help your children feel safe, explain Covid-19 in an honest, yet age appropriate way.
Choose the right time to talk to your children. If you're feeling anxious or worried, this is not the best time. Take time to calm yourself before having important conversations with your children.
As with any stressful topic, emotions and questions may change and develop over time.
Routines and predictability help children to feel safe. Keep old routines such as mealtimes and bedtimes. Create new routines and allow children to have control and choice in developing these routines.
From developing routines to talking and listening, discover tools for parents, children and families to help develop coping and communication skills during these stressful times.