Coronavirus: the latest information including visitor restrictions & symptom screening >>
Navigating life during the COVID-19 pandemic can be difficult for all of us. Chances are your children have questions and are facing their own struggles as they grapple with this new normal.
You may be unsure how to broach this topic with your children. Don’t worry — you’re not the only one trying to figure it out.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when talking to your children about their new reality during the pandemic:
For older children, relate it to something they already know. For example, much like a cold or flu virus, COVID-19 can spread through the air when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. The distance germs travel can be up to 6 feet, according to research, which is how social distancing became a way to avoid contracting the virus.
Provide the facts (in an age-appropriate manner) and let them ask questions. This online storybook video may help you discuss the basics of the virus.
Keeping your children in the loop with clear communication will help your whole family get through this pandemic together.
If you or a member of your family would benefit from working with a therapist, please contact Linden Oaks Behavioral Health at 630-305-5027 for a free behavioral health assessment.
For updates on our planning and response efforts as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19, please check EEHealth.org/coronavirus.
Get more information about coronavirus from Healthy Driven Chicago.
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