Family psychologist Kelly Moore presents tips for parents dealing with difficult questions around the pandemic in The Huffington Post this week.
Read the whole article here or get the key takeaways below:
Talk about what uncertainty is and what it feels like. This will help children identify it and begin to build up an emotional vocabulary.
Be honest about what you know. It’s OK to admit that you don’t have all the answers, as long as they know you’ll be there to support them emotionally.
Model calmness yourself. You don’t have to pretend that everything’s OK, but you can impart that you’re all going to do your best to cope with any issues.
Help them find activities that make them feel more clam. For instance, playing with pets or doing a Joe Wicks PE class.
Develop structure. Predictability and routine will help a lot. Not knowing the future is part of life, but we can do our best to feel as grounded as possible.