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Be a role model
for your children.
They learn from our example and it is important to be calm and reassuring. As you let your children talk about their feelings, help keep their concerns in perspective. Remind them that you are there to keep them safe and healthy. Remember that children will follow the verbal and nonverbal cues of their caregivers.
Practice social distancing.
Your children may not completely understand why they are not at school or able to see their friends. Explain to them that social distancing is staying away from others until the risk of contracting COVID-19 is under control. Let them know you are following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Monitor social media and sources of news.
The nature of this crisis has brought with it a significant amount of news coverage. It is important to filter the information to which you and your family are exposed. Constantly watching and listening to the updates can increase anxiety levels, especially when the information could be upsetting to your children. Be aware that information directed toward adults can be developmentally inappropriate for children.
Be honest and accurate.
Where there are gaps of factual information, children will imagine far worse scenarios. Let your children know the reason they are home and away from their teachers and friends. Tell them the virus can be spread between people who are in close contact with one another – if any of those people are infected with the virus. It is also known to spread when you touch an infected surface, which is why it’s important to wash your hands.
Stick to the Facts.
Here are some quick facts about COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control:
For additional factual information, check the Center for Disease Control’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Try to maintain a
Keeping a regular schedule can help promote increased well-being and calmness by providing predictability and giving a sense of control. In addition, it can help encourage your children to keep up with their school work. Keep in mind that transitioning to this new routine may be difficult for you and your family. Approaching with an attitude of trial and error may help so no one is overwhelmed.
Keep explanations age-appropriate.
Early elementary students: Brief, simple explanations that balance facts about COVID-19 along with appropriate reassurances that adults are here to keep them safe and healthy. Use the language “adults are working hard to keep you safe”. Give specific examples of the steps we are taking to stop the spread of germs to stay healthy like washing hands, staying home and social distancing.
Upper elementary and early middle school students: This age group will usually ask more questions. They may be more susceptible to rumors so they may need help separating facts from fiction. Discuss with them what our community and national leaders are doing to prevent the virus from spreading.
Upper middle and high school students: Discussions can be more in depth. Refer them to appropriate sources of factual information about COVID-19. Be honest with them about the current status of events surrounding COVID-19. Include them in decision making about your family plans, any schedules being created and helping with chores at home.
Healthy hygiene and lifestyle practices:
o Wash hands multiples times a day, for at least 20 seconds each time. Here are some facts about hand washing: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/wash-your-hands-fact-sheet-508.pdf
o Cover mouths and nose with a tissue, or an elbow, when sneezing or coughing. Throw the tissue away immediately.
o Do not share food or drinks with others.
o Practice giving elbow bumps instead of handshakes.
o Eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, and try to exercise regularly. This will build your immune system to fight off any illnesses.
* Keep checking in for updates and new information after the spring break week*
Talking to children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - A parent resource. (February 29, 2020). National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and National Association of School Nurses (NASN). Retrieved from https://www.nasponline.org/Documents/Resources%20and%20Publications/Resources/Crisis/COVID-19_parent_handout_NASP_NASN_2-20_FINAL.pdf
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