Updated: Apr 30, 2020
Parenting during COVID-19 is challenging, and it is important to explain what is happening to your children in terms they can understand.
Be as honest as much possible
Respond to their questions in a way they would understand
Be honest if you don’t know the answer but let them know people are working hard to find answers to questions we don’t yet understand about this virus.
Sé honesto con tus hijos.
La crianza de los hijos durante COVID-19 es un desafío, y es importante explicar lo que les está sucediendo a sus hijos en términos que puedan entender.
Sea lo más honesto posible
Responda a sus preguntas de una manera que puedan entender
Sé honesto si no sabes la respuesta pero hay personas que están trabajando arduamente para encontrar respuestas a preguntas que aún no entendemos acerca de este virus.
Tip: Explain to children what’s happening (in age-appropriate terms)
Children need to know the everyday importance of washing hands and coughing/sneezing into their elbows, that schools are closed because we are safer at home, and that masks help keep us safe outside. Hard questions or topics (like “loss”) may also come up, especially with older children and teens.
Parenting during COVID-19 can be a challenging and it is important to explain what is happening to your children in terms they can understand.
It’s important to be as honest as possible and respond to their questions in a way that answers what they asked and in a way that’s appropriate for their age. Be honest if you don’t know the answer. Let them know that everyone is working hard to find answers to questions we don’t yet understand about this virus. Also, let them know they can always come to you with their questions and that you will always be a reliable source for information. This will help to lessen their anxiety. Finally, let them know it’s okay to feel scared or confused, and that we are doing everything we can to keep them safe.
You may also notice your children acting clingier or asking to sleep in your room more often lately. This is completely normal in stressful situations like what we are experiencing, and it’s okay to allow them to seek closeness with you.
Finally, when things seem out of control, finding situations for children where they can be in control will help: for example, give them choices like “would you like the blue or red cup?”, “should we read or do math first today?”.
We will get through this, and we’re here to help!