If your kids are like mine, they have a lot of questions about the coronavirus. My son, specifically, has been showing signs of anxiety over it all, and I've been doing my best to keep him calm and answer his questions as he asks. Today, I saw this NPR comic that might just be the best way to talk to your kiddos about this illness. Even as an adult, it made me feel better.
Hope you get some use out of it. Stay safe, my friends.
CNN also has tips for talking to your kids about the coronavirus in a way that's both informative and reassuring:
- Approach them first.You might be waiting for them to come to you, but talking first cuts down on misinformation you'll have to correct.
- Find out what they know.
- Keep explanations simple.
- Give them space to worry.Validate their concerns.
- Tell them what adults are doing to keep them safe.
- Give them a sense of control.For instance, let them decide what song to sing while washing their hands.
- Stay informed so you're a good source.
- Be patient.
- Follow up.You need to make sure they understand what you've said and you need to field any lingering questions.