Take time to talk to your child or teen with age appropriate information about COVID-19.
Share the facts. Answer questions as best as your child can understand. Don’t overshare. You know your child best.
Comfort and reassure them that you and other adults are working together to keep them safe.
Encourage them to share what they are feeling so you can help them sort through difficult feelings. Look for opportunities to correct any false information, magical thinking or self-blame.
Limit the amount of news coverage they see including time spent on social media and ask them what they are seeing/hearing and if they have questions.
Be mindful of your conversations with other adults about COVID-19 -look for private space away from curious ears.
Establish daily routines at home that include learning, fun activities and some of your typical family rituals that prioritize family values (i.e. family dinners, bedtime stories, games or pet care).
Find alternative ways to encourage social connections with friends and the broader community (i.e. host virtual hangouts, decorate your windows or front steps and sidewalk with uplifting messages and art).
Be sure you are managing your own stress and anxiety (“Put on your own oxygen mask first so you can continue to help others!”).