Talking to kids about coronavirus is very complicated, as they most probably already know about it from media, family or friends. They might be frightened or worried which can be expressed through bad behavior. As parents we should never assume that our children are not aware of what is going on in their community, they need to hear the true story from us, they need to know how we will keep them safe, it is our responsibility to calm them down, prepare them emotionally and physically in an age-appropriate, honest and, simple way.
So how do we start the conversation?
Storytelling is one of the most effective ways to deliver your kids a clear message, it helps us create an open discussion, correct any misinformation they have got and talk about the facts simply and honestly. So, I brought to you this story to help you navigate this difficult conversation, give your kids a chance to express themselves, and to reassure and validate their feelings.
This might help you keep the conversation positive, comfort your kids through focusing on solutions, and encourage them to wash their hands with soap and water frequently as recommended World Health Organisation (WHO).
Also asking kids about their feeling in the middle of the story will encourage them to express how they really feel and give us a chance to show empathy, validate these feelings, tell them that it is okay to feel that way and we will be always there to protect and support them. It is very important to listen to and acknowledge your child’s worries.
Keep the discussion always open, tell your kids that you will keep them updated as you learn more about coronavirus, And don’t forget to model the positive behavior your kids need to follow.
Stay safe, everyone!
Further reading: 7 Most Ridiculous Coronavirus Rumors Circulating Amongst Egyptians.