We have compiled some resources that may be valuable to you in this unclear time. Each link has information, sources, and some bullet points for key information.

What’s the tl;dr?

  • You don’t have to avoid the topic: focus on facts and not fear. Filter the news to help your child feel informed and get fact-based information. 
  • You may want to limit news or social media time so that kids (or yourself!) do not get overwhelmed and anxious.
  • Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe, like “We are washing our hands when we come inside the house to stop germs from spreading.”
  • Stick to routine – structured days with regular mealtimes, school, and bedtimes will be reassuring.
  • Most (younger) kids will remember how their family home felt during this time more than than anything specific about the virus. Wire your kids for resilience and maintain a calm, confident energy as much as you can.
  • Give age-appropriate information and levels of details. Younger kids may only need to know things like, “We are washing our hands a lot to help keep everyone healthy!” “We can help keep everyone safe when we stay home to heal.” Older kids may be more interested in how viruses can spread and how public venues have closed to help keep new cases down.

CDC’s Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (We always recommend going here for up-to-date information and facts.) https://nestplayschoolpdx.com/2020/03/16/covid-19-talking-to-and-around-the-youngest-children/

Talking To and Around the Youngest Children (Nest Playschool PDX – great resource for young children – infants and preschools)

How to explain coronavirus to a child with anxiety (Attitude Magazine)

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (NASP)

Talking to Your Child About Coronavirus In Ways That Ease Their Fears (Hawthorne Family Playschool)

Should we Share Our Feelings With Babies? (Janet Lansbury)

Julie is the COO of Valor Global Online. She has a Masters in Human Development & Family Science and has worked in education and education management for over 10 years.