During this pandemic, many people around the world are feel overwhelmed by everything the hear about this disease. Not only the adult, childrean also feeling anxious too.
They might difficult to understand what the adult say, they may also difficult to change their habbit. It is can make them feel anxiety, stress and sad. The open and supportive discussion can help your childrean understand, cope and even make a positive contribution for others.
Here are some tips from UNICEF that can help you to explain what can be a complicated topic in simple and reassuring terms.
1. Ask open questions and listen
You can start with some open quetion, like ask about the issue to find out how much they know abot it. If your children have not already heard about the pandemic, you can just take the chance to remind them about good hygiene without raised new fears.
2. Be honest: explain the truth in a child-friendly way
Use age-appropriate language when talk with your children. Watch their reaction and be sensitive. If you can not answer their questions, use it as an opportunity to explore the answers together.
3. Show them how to protect themselves and their friends
The effectif ways to protect your children from the disease is learn them to regular handwashing. You can do it with easy language, so your children can understrand it.
Show them how to cover a cough or sneeze well. Tell them that it is best not to close with people who have those symptoms, also ask them to tel you if they have those symptoms.
4. Offer reassurance
To reduce the children stress, you can keep the regular routins and schedule as much as possible. If there is outbreak in your area, remind the that it safe to be at home.
5. Check if they are experiencing or spreading stigma
Explain to your children that the pandemi has nothing to do with what someone looks like, where they are from or what language they speak. If they have been bullied at school, they should feel comfortable telling an adult whom they trust.
6. Look for the helpers
Explain to the children that people are helping each other with acts of kindness and generosity. Tell the stories about health workers, scientists and other people, who are working to stop the outbreak.
7. Take care of yourself
Before you help your children, you should coping your self first.
8. Close conversations with care
Ensure that your children not stress after the confersation. You can examine their level of anxiety by watching their body language, voice tone and their breathing.