Defence Team Parenting Series: Talking to children about COVID-19

June 25, 2020 - Defence Stories

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This extra time can serve as a great opportunity to spend some quality moments as a family. 

This is the second article in a series for all Defence Team members meant to provide tips and continued support on parenting during COVID-19. Hang in there – you got this!

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may feel that as of late, our children are constantly by our side, as parents have become teachers and caregivers in every sense. While it can feel overwhelming at times, there is however a silver lining. This extra time can serve as a great opportunity to spend some quality moments as a family or have important one-on-one conversations with your child.

Current events have been challenging enough for many adults, and as parents, it is important for us that our children receive honest and accurate information about the global impact of COVID-19. It could be difficult, but it is crucial that we take the time to talk about what is happening in a calm and reassuring manner.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has put together resources to help support parents during these changing times.

Here are some tips from the WHO’s Talking about COVID-19 page:

  • Be open and listen: let your children talk freely about how they are feeling and what they want to know.
  • Be honest: Answer your children’s “need to know” questions using age appropriate language.
  • Be supportive: It is normal for children to be scared and confused right now. Make it clear to them that you are here to support them through all of this.
  • Read your children the book My Hero is You: this book will help them understand and come to terms with COVID-19.

Your children will undoubtedly benefit from the quality time you spend with them talking about these events. Having open and honest conversations in a supportive manner will lead to these memories being positive ones.

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