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Talking to your kids about coronavirus

It can be tricky as a parent or carer to know how much to tell your kids about what’s going on in the world. It’s natural to want to keep them away from bad news and let them get on with being kids. You might have found it hard deciding how much to tell them about the coronavirus pandemic.

But children are more aware than we sometimes think. So it’s good that they learn about what’s going on from the person they trust most in the world, which is you. And it’s important that they know how to keep themselves safe and protect other people. We’ve put together some tips to help you support them.

Tips on talking to your children about coronavirus

Playing helps too

Playing isn’t just fun for kids, it also helps them make sense of the world around them. If you see your wee one putting a facemask on her teddy or building a hospital out of bricks, this is just their way of making sense of the world around them.

Playing is a key part of their development so don’t feel guilty when they play. Even the simplest games they play could be helping them stay emotionally healthy during this tough time. Our page on helping your child through play has more information.

Tips if your children are anxious about getting out and about again

How do I talk to the kids about a family member going into hospital?

If someone in your family or anyone special to your child has to go into hospital, this can be scary for them and you may be worried about how to talk to them about it. This guide from ICU Steps is great for helping children understand what happens when someone goes into intensive care, and has practical things you can do together to make the situation less scary.

Remember, you protect your kids all the time

Try not to feel overwhelmed. You’ve protected them from many day to day risks already – every time they cross a road, for a start! You help them do that safely all the time! By following the official advice you’ll help keep them safe now, too. 

Looking after yourself during the coronavirus pandemic

This has been a difficult time for everyone, and it’s understandable that you may be concerned about the wellbeing of everyone in your family. 

We have some useful advice on looking after you and your child’s mental health during this time:

You can also find advice on the Mind website about coronavirus and your wellbeing.

Information in BSL

You can find information on coronavirus in British Sign Language (BSL) on the Parentzone Scotland website.