How To Talk To Kids About The Coronavirus Without Scaring Them Or Creating Anxiety
Coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has brought the world to a halt. Cities are enforcing curfews and mandating residents to stay home. Words like self-isolation, quarantine, and social distancing have become part of normal conversation. All of this can be overwhelming and stress-inducing for adults, and especially for children.
Per the CDC’s guidelines, which Dr. Phil takes very seriously, he has shut down taping in studio with guests and is recording alone in his “man cave,” with guests joining via video conference and his crew working remotely.
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In the video above, Dr. Phil offers tips for speaking with young children about the coronavirus without scaring them and creating anxiety.
2. Be calm – they take cues from you.
3. If they're 6 or 7 years old, don't introduce this topic to them. Find out if they know anything about it, and if they don't, you don't need to put this in their reality.
4. Be empathetic; relate a scary story from your childhood and how you got through it.
5. Level of detail needs to be determined by their ability to comprehend it.
6. Empower your child. Show them what they can do to protect themselves and others. This is a great opportunity to bond.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) website at cdc.gov.