The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to stress and worry over many different issues. If you are the parent of minor children, you may be grappling with how to explain the state of the world to them. Here are a few tips to help you explain the current state of the world.
1. Practice Open Communication
Most children are aware that something unusual is occurring in the world. From school closures to state-mandated quarantine, daily life has been shifting to help keep the population healthy. Even if your child has not brought up COVID-19 to you, you should still keep them updated on the information you feel is important for them to know.
2. Understand the Risks
Make sure you have educated yourself on all important information regarding COVID-19 before beginning a conversation with your child. Depending on their age, they may be exposed to misinformation from their friends or what they have been reading online. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) official website is a great resource for staying informed. It can also help you relay accurate details to your children.
3. Listen to Your Child's Concerns
Make sure you give your child your full attention and listen to all concerns or fears they might have. Do not dismiss their worries, even if some of them are inaccurate. Instead, calmly explain the truth of the issue in a way that is easy to understand. Even children can develop anxiety and/or phobias due to the pandemic. It is important that you keep calm around them so they remain calm.
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