As conversations about the coronavirus disease increase, kids may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill. As parents, we play an important role in helping our kids deal with their fears and confusion.
It’s important to give our children an opportunity to talk openly about questions or concerns they have without forcing them to talk if they don’t want to.
When opportunities do arise to discuss the situation with our kids, we should remain calm and reassuring. Remember, kids not only listen to what we say, but the way we say it.
We should always be honest when talking to our kids by providing them with information that is truthful and appropriate for their age and developmental level. Let them know that not everything they hear from their friends or on the internet may be based on accurate information.
Along those lines, it might be good to limit the amount of time they spend on social media. Too much information on any topic can lead to anxiety in our children.
We should also remember that feelings are neither good nor bad, they just are. As parents, we can reassure our kids that it is ok to have some fear about the situation and that talking to us about their feelings can help them deal with their fears and confusion.
This is certainly a difficult time for families, especially for our kids, who may be scared and confused about their world. It’s also a great opportunity to bring our families closer together. We might take this time to renew our family prayer life by encouraging prayer as a family like praying the rosary together and saying a blessing at meal times. Remember, our children draw strength and encouragement from their parents. It’s up to us to instill the sense of hope they need in these trying times.
May God bless us all and give us his strength during these unprecedented times.