How do I talk to my kids about COVID-19?

Not talking about something can actually make kids worry more. Look at the conversation as an opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone.

  • Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus
  • Be developmentally appropriate
  • Take your cues from your child
  • Deal with your own anxiety
  • Be reassuring
  • Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe
  • Stick to routine
  • Keep talking
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How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus

News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice Jamie Howard, PhD, Clinical Psychologist at the Child Mind Institute

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