With Covid-19 today’s children are likely to be experiencing worry, anxiety and fear, and they are actually similar to those experienced by adults.
Children may not talk about it but they may also have issues such as a fear of dying, a fear of their family dying, or a fear of going to the hospital.
Also if their pre-schools have closed as part of necessary measures, then children may no longer have that sense of routine and stimulation that is provided by that structure.
The fallout is now they have less opportunity to be with their friends and peers which provides unique support that is essential for their mental well-being.
What a parent needs to do.
There is no simple approach to talking about Pandemics and big things with children but there are some simple tips and things to think about.
1. Be aware of News Programs that are playing in the living room or any other place they may be able to watch and be sure that they are not watching when these programs are on.
2. Be sure to talk in simple terms about Covid19 and answer question in simple terms that does not over explain the issue but provides them the knowledge that they are looking for.
3. Do make sure you are familiar with the Pandemic vocabulary that your city, region and school are using so that you can use the words they are learning else ware and not get confused.