Talking with Your Kids About COVID-19

Tips on how to explain the crisis to children

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There is a lot of useful information out there about how to talk to kids about COVID-19. 

Here are a few of our favorite tips from a mental health perspective: 

  1. Find out how much your child knows about the virus. For kids six years and older, ask them what they know before you start talking to them about it. For kids under six, if they haven’t heard about it and aren’t asking, it may be unnecessary to bring it up.
  1. Speak to them in a calm and reassuring way. Kids are good at knowing how you’re feeling, regardless of what you say. Also, pay attention to what you say to other adults when kids are around. If your kids are within earshot, they may be listening.  
  1. If your child is worried s/he might get sick, or that you might get sick, let them know that doctors and scientists are working hard to find ways to help people stay healthy. Reassure them that most people, especially kids, who get the virus will be OK, although some people will get very sick.
  1. Enjoy this time with your kids. Don’t dismiss their fears, and make sure they feel loved. 

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/parenting/coronavirus-kids-talk.html