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Department of Education
How to talk to your child about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus. • Most children will have already heard about the virus or seen people wearing face masks. Parents shouldn’t avoid talking about it. • Not talking about something can actually make children worry more . Look at the conversation as an opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone. Try to help your child feel informed by giving them fact-based information.
This is likely more reassuring than whatever they’re hearing from other sources. Be appropriate.
• Don’t volunteer too much information, as this may be overwhelming. Instead, try to answer your child’s questions. • Do your best to answer honestly and clearly. It’s okay if you can’t answer everything; being available to your child is what matters. Take your cues from your child. • Invite your child to tell you anything they may have heard about the coronavirus, and how they feel. • Give them ample opportunity to ask questions. Be prepared to answer (but not prompt) questions. Your goal is to avoid encouraging frightening fantasies. Deal with your own anxiety. • If you are feeling anxious or panicked. This isn’t the time to talk to your children about what’s happening with the coronavirus. • If you notice that you are feeling anxious. Take some time to calm down before trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions. Be reassuring. • Children can be egocentric. Hearing about the coronavirus on the news may be enough to make them seriously worry that they’ll catch it. • It is helpful to reassure your child about how rare the coronavirus is (the flu is much more common). Reassure them that children actually seem to have milder symptoms.
Where can we find happiness in times like this?
Ruby Ray shares of an ancient wisdom tale based on Psalm 37:4 "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart".