A lot is happening and changing day to day around COVID-19. Coping with uncertainty is challenging. It’s normal to feel worried and overwhelmed.
Children may feel worried and overwhelmed too as they try to deal with social isolation, being off school for an extended period of time, and not knowing what this all means for their family and friends.
How your child(ren) responds to stressful events will depend on their age, personality, level of development, and how closely the event touches them in terms of people they may know and love.
You can positively support your child's mental health by:
- correcting misinformation that they may have heard
- limiting how often they watch or hear the news, if appropriate
- creating a flexible but consistent daily routine with your child's input
- listening to your child's concerns, then acknowledging and validating their thoughts and feelings
- explaining health and safety measures and reassuring your child that they're in place to keep us safe
- helping your child stay virtually connected with their friends, neighbours and extended family members
The following resources may help in recognizing stress in children and learning to talk to children about COVID-19: