You're probably worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic like most people, and want to keep your family safe. Luckily, social distance practice is an easy way to help limit the spread of the virus so fewer people get sick. You might get some push back from your kids though, who probably miss their friends and routine. Try not to worry, because you can help them understand the importance of social distancing.
1. Ask your child what they know about COVID-19
Seek to get the child's awareness of the virus and how they feel about it. While they talk, take note of any misconceptions that you need to correct and whether or not your child seems afraid. It will encourage you to modify your description to suit your child's needs. Reassure them that you're doing everything you can to keep them safe.
2. It's common for your child to worry about a pandemic.
However, they probably have nothing to fear, particularly if they practice social distancing, always wash their hands, and avoid touching their faces. Tell your children that you and the other adults in their lives are working hard to shield them from COVID-19.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children are not more likely to harm COVID-19. More cases tend to be occurring in adults. Children who contract the virus usually have a mild outbreak, so there's no need to stress about it.
3. Explain that people can spread the virus even before they get sick
While experts are still studying how COVID-19 spreads, it appears that non-symptomatic people may still spread the virus. Because of this, it's important to stay away from others, whether they look sick or not. Speak to your child about how the virus spreads so that they understand why they can't hang out with friends who seem safe.
4. Tell your kids that social distancing helps stop the virus from spreading.
Try to help your kids see social distancing as a positive move that your family is taking, rather than a set of guidelines that they need to follow. Remember that the best way to avoid getting sick is to avoid sick people, so social distancing is a very powerful way to stop the spread of germs.
5. Discuss the changes you might observe in your community.
Your children may have already seen big changes in their everyday lives, which can be frightening. Ask them what differences they've encountered, and then explain what else could happen. Reassure them that these changes are beneficial because they protect everyone's health.
You may want to point out the following:
-Schools, restaurants, stores, playgrounds, film theaters, and other public areas are closed down.
-Markets aren't as busy or busy as they are.
-Parents and guardians work from home.
-They will no longer be welcomed by their friends and they are not allowed to visit.
-They can no longer play on the playground.
-You're no longer taking them on public transit or on sharing trips.
6. Empathize with your children if they get upset
Your child can express disappointment, annoyance, or anger at the new rules to be followed. It can be hard to deal with, particularly because you're probably dealing with a lot of things already. Seek to see it from their point of view. Tell them that you're upset not to see your friends, too.
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