Children, as well as adults, are likely to experience anxiety in this uncertain time. Several resources have been created by leading mental health experts on how to have age-appropriate, fact-based and reassuring conversations with you children about the outbreak and the steps they can take to stay healthy.
How To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus This article from PBS Kids is inspired by Mr. Rogers’ who famously explained: “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” It provides great guidance on how to talk to kids about the virus in developmentally appropriate ways. Talking to Kids About Coronavirus This article from Smarter Parenting Blog addresses the importance of managing your own emotions so you don’t project worry that can increase your children’s anxiety and feelings of insecurity.
Talking to Kids about COVID-19 Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH the Ohio Department of Health offers these guidelines for kids and COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming for parents and concerning to kids. ODH recommends that parents and others who work with kids to talk about COVID-19 with kids in a way that children will understand.
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus Keeping your own anxiety in check is key. Read more. How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Expert opinions on having the conversation. See it here!
6 ways parents can support their kids through the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak A psychologist's advice on how to help your children deal with the many emotions they may be experiencing now. Read it here.
Coronavirus Talking Points for Parents & Teachers with the Whole-Brain Child Approach Keep the following in mind when talking with children.