The Coronavirus is on everyone’s radar, even your children. If everyone is talking about the Coronavirus, your kids are definitely listening. Here is some expert advice on how to keep your kids informed without scaring them.
Talk to them first
They have heard their friends, family and even teachers talking about the Coronavirus so by now they are packed full of different ideas of what it is and probably have their own questions. Getting ahead of the conversion is key. Sitting down and explaining what is happening and asking them if they have any questions is a great place to start.
Keep the information simple
Sticking to key facts and spinning them in a positive way is best. While you want to be open and communicative with your child, resist the urge to bombard them with every possible headline or piece of information about the outbreak.
Let them know what positive solutions are being done
There’s no need to scare them any more than they might already be. Try providing information like “They are working towards creating a vaccine but in the meantime, we are going to make sure we wash our hands often”
Offer solutions your child can do him or herself
Try offering suggestions like these:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Sing Happy Birthday song 3 times for a full wash. Try Little Twig Foaming Hand Soap
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Look for one that is 60% or higher alcohol-based.
- Stay away from others who are sick
- Teach kids to cough and sneeze into a tissue (make sure to throw it away after each use!) or to cough and sneeze into their arm or elbow, not their hands.
- Help keep your toys clean. You can make it a game using natural cleaners. Try Little Twig cleaning products.
- Avoid touching your face
Always follow up
Ask your child how they are feeling and if they have any questions often. With the constant conversation about the Coronavirus and every changing information, its best to continue to checking with your child in case they have new concerns or questions.
For more information regarding COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/