How is your child coping with COVID-19 changes?
As you try to absorb the latest daily updates and the ever changing news on the current pandemic, it can be easy to overlook how your children may be grasping this information as well. Adjusting to this new way of life can be challenging, especially when you have others looking to you for guidance. Try the tips below help your family adapt to the evolving changes.
Talk about it
Set time aside for family sit down conversations. Create a space for open dialogue about today’s current events. How does your child really feel about it? What are their concerns? Let them know that although some changes have become more drastic, these are only temporary lifestyle changes and things will return to a more normal routine in a matter of time.
Watch out for the following red flags:
- Severe anxiety
- Increased stress levels after repeating the same questions
If you notice your child is exhibiting any of the above behavior for a prolonged amount of time, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Village Health Partners' licensed counselor Tina Thomas or social worker Melanie Hoffman, who both have experience working with individuals struggling in these areas.
It’s important to model calmness and strength right now. Often times a child’s emotions are a reflection of yours. If you are frightened by something, chances are they will be frightened by it too. It’s okay to be completely honest because that is what they need right now, but you can do so in a way that reduces their fears while ensuring they understand. Give them age-appropriate explanations and focus on the positive.
Set a schedule
Create a new routine that they can get acclimated to and comfortable with. It can certainly ease the circumstances and make them feel like they still have a normalized learning environment. Having a daily routine sets expectations, provides a sense of security and a better well-being.
Keep in contact with school
Your child may be having difficulty getting adjusted to this new routine, and that’s okay. For many, they don’t get to see their friends anymore or get to partake in their favorite school-based activities. Change can be challenging for anyone, no matter the age. But one way you can help fill that gap is by keeping them connected to what they know and are familiar with as much as possible.
Stay in the know:
- Find out what the main source of communication is from your child’s school so you can stay up to date on their latest announcements with helpful information for families.
- Learn about any educational resources they recommend.
- Locate the resources available to your community whether it’s books, lunch or technological equipment.
- Know how to contact teachers and tutors if you run into hurdles with assignments or topics.