Our doctors explain how to talk to your kids about COVID-19
You, like most parents around the world, are likely wondering how to talk to your kids about COVID-19. Our Plano pediatricians know how overwhelming this time is for moms and dads everywhere. Across the globe, parents are trying their best to work from home, remain informed and make necessary lifestyle changes. At the same time, they’re trying to maintain some sense of normalcy for their children.
Our doctors have advice for talking about the novel coronavirus and tips for entertaining your kids during COVID-19. In the end, you might find that this period of distancing brings you closer together.
How to talk to your kids about COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using simple and straightforward language when talking to kids about COVID-19. For example, a conversation around the virus might go something like this:
“COVID-19 is a new sickness, and we are learning more about it every day. A lot of people around the world have it, but doctors think that most people, especially kids, are going to be okay. Doctors, nurses and scientists are working hard to help everyone get better and stay healthy. We can help stop the virus by washing our hands and staying home for a little while.”
Our Plano pediatricians also endorse the joint advice from the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses for how to talk to your kids about COVID-19.
- Remain calm and reassuring while delivering honest and accurate information.
- Make yourself available to freely answer questions as they arise.
- Avoid blaming others for our current situation.
- Keep an eye on what your children are seeing and hearing in the media.
Teaching your kids good hygiene, including washing their hands for 20 seconds and sneezing and coughing into their elbow, can also help them feel empowered during this time of uncertainty.
Entertaining your kids
It’s a difficult time, but our Plano pediatricians suggest keeping a routine as best you can. When the world looks wildly different, routines give children a sense of predictability and control.
Maintaining a routine can make keeping your kids entertained during COVID-19 easier on you as well. The day is less taxing when your kids aren’t constantly saying, “I’m bored.” If you already know how to structure your day, you can fill in activities a little more easily.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading books with your children, making time for active play and monitoring their media time. Video conferencing with their friends can also be a bright spot in their day.
Hang in there, parents! We know this is a tough season, and we applaud families for the sacrifices they are making for the well-being of everyone.
For more tips on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19, contact us.