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Last updated: 24/03/2020
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👉 This is one of the most novel — and disruptive — things about life in pandemic culture: parents and children are forced to adjust to a new rhythm of school and work at home. Remote learning is a new world, sometimes for both parents and children. Some schools are sending kids home with devices, workbooks and other resources — but many others may not. Either way, parents are left with a dual challenge: managing new ways of working, while not allowing their kids to disappear into social media and video games for weeks or months. You will find a wide range of tools and advices from homeschooling to dealing with children at home, from age 0 to 18.
1. Advices and communications
🎤 How to talk about the virus to your kids?
With the number of coronavirus patients rising around the world, children are being exposed to information and misinformation from many sources. How can you best keep them up to date without terrifying them?
- Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus. Most children will have already heard about the virus or seen people wearing face masks, so parents shouldn’t avoid talking about it. 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.
- Your goal is to help your children feel informed and get fact-based information that is likely more reassuring than whatever they’re hearing from their friends or on the news.
- Be developmentally appropriate. Don’t volunteer too much information, as this may be overwhelming. Instead, try to answer your child’s questions. Do your best to answer honestly and clearly.
- Take your cues from your child. Invite your child to tell you anything they may have heard about the coronavirus, and how they feel. Give them ample opportunity to ask questions. Your goal is to avoid encouraging frightening fantasies.
- Deal with your own anxiety. When you’re feeling most anxious or panicked, that isn’t the time to talk to your kids about what’s happening.
- Be reassuring
👉 A great book to explain young kids about the virus: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables