In addition to taking care of ourselves, many of us have to also consider our children. How can we best support them in an ever-changing pandemic?
Parents should expect that different children may respond to stressful events in a variety of ways. It is not uncommon for their behaviors and demeanor to change and fluctuate. Don’t worry; your calm response will help them bounce back.Providing facts about what has happened, what is currently going on, and how they can protect themselves from the virus helps them focus on what they can do. Use words that are age-appropriate and easy to understand. If you don’t know the answer to a question, it is OK to say you don’t know.
Support for your child can include:
- Responding to your child’s reaction in a healthy and positive way
- Listening when they want to talk, even if it is at an inconvenient time of the day
- Providing reassurance
- Giving them extra love and attention
- Acknowledging their feelings, even if you don’t agree
- Speaking with kind and supportive words and tone
- Continuing a regular routine and schedule as much as possible, including sleep schedule
- Scheduling family time and play time
- Consulting with a professional counselor and parenting coach at PAS by calling (800) 356-0845 Counselors are available 24/7/365