Family Support in Uncertain Times: Adapted from National Child Traumatic Stress Network website
- Talk with your kids about COVID 19 on an age-appropriate level. “You know what it’s like to have a cold or the flu — how sometimes you get a cough or have a fever? This is kind of like that. Most people who catch this sickness stay home, rest and get all better. And we have wonderful doctors and nurses who can help people when they need it.”
- Remain calm and let them know you are there for them if they have any questions.
- Validate their feelings and help them express themselves through drawing or other artistic avenues like writing songs, stories, journaling, etc.
- Limit social media as this can increase stress over the current situation.
- Get creative with time at home, play games, reach out to friends and family by phone or video chat, etc.
- Make sure you are taking care of yourself with rest, food and exercise.
- Laugh, it helps to reduce stress and increase the feeling of well-being.
- Remember to be patient with yourself and those around you, during stressful times, we often respond differently than we would during times of calm.
- Check in on your kids often and if situations change to see how they are.
- Turn on some music for a dance party.
- Try to keep a consistent schedule for eating, sleeping, and other activities to provide a sense of safety to your children.
- Watch a funny movie together or play charades for a good laugh!
- Remember that worry, fear, loneliness, anxiety, and stress are normal reactions to an abnormal situation.
- You are a role model for your children, how you handle this situation will impact how your children manage their worries.
- Maintain your family’s cultural and religious values for support and strength during trying times.
- Remember this is only for a limited time and things will return to normal, maintain HOPE.
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