Talking to your child about COVID-19

What do say to your children about Covid ? How do you explain what it is, and how to keep your family safe?

So we’ve been dealing with this pandemic for a little more than a year! So, what’s your new normal parents? Is it taking a toll on you? 

It certainly has changed life as we knew it. Vaccinations are becoming easier to get, but we still should stay vigilant and be careful. Wear your mask!

You are not alone. I’d love to offer you some hope and maybe even a little support.

Some points to think about:

#1. Are you irritated, have anxiety, or sadness?

We are used to being constantly busy (waking up early, packing lunches, taking kids to school, running to soccer practice, meeting friends, school events, work events, etc). Now we are stuck in the house. 

If you are you can be sure some kids may be experiencing increased negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger, frustration, or grief also.

These emotions need an outlet, and moms and dads may notice some changes such as increased behavioral issues of younger kids or more moodiness or lethargy from older kids and teenagers. Comparatively, other kids might adjust easily to all of the changes. 

#2. While it’s hard, especially if you still have to work and homeschool your child try not to get overwhelmed but take action to make the most of it.

First of all you should keep lines of communication open with your children, and give them permission to talk about their feelings by asking questions and letting them know that it is okay to share their experience.

#3.  Change is difficult and it requires adaptability and resilience.

It’s best to create a routine at home because it is really beneficial for kids to help them stay focused.

Kids should have a set wake-up time and bedtime, just as if they were going to school. Also keep meal times consistent.

Also it’s best to schedule a specific time for school work, chores, exercise, relaxation and family time.

Consider posting your schedule in a prominent location at home as a schedule will help kids adjust to their new normal for now. 

#4. You have to take care of yourself! Yes, you can do both. “ I found this on the http://Center for disease control and prevention

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to you.

Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.

Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.

Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

Monitor your health daily.”