The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated social and economic stressors can undermine children’s development and well-being. Not only must they cope with major changes to everyday life, such as physical distancing and home confinement, but their families may struggle to meet their basic physical and emotional needs. You can follow these suggestions to promote well-being in your family:
- Validate your child’s experiences.
Instead of offering falsely positive reassurances or irritated dismissals about your son’s or daughter’s emotions and questions, acknowledge what you’re observing and hearing from them. Ask open-ended questions that begin with “What…” or “How…” and reflect their answers back to them with “Did I get that right? Is there anything else?” You can’t make things better, but you’ll offer comfort to ease their pain and fear.
- Stick with the facts
Real information is key. Kids need clear guidelines about the purpose of the quarantine and what actions they can and can’t take. Limit your family’s exposure to the news and be aware of what you are saying on the phone or Zoom when your kids are around. They really hear more than you think they do.
- Remember that we are suffering apart and together.
There’s a universal feeling of unease right now, which is combined with the loss of usual routines and decreased social, in-person contact. Staying connected to your social network is essential, so help your kids, especially younger ones, connect with friends and extended family. Social media and group Zoom chats help people check-in with each other and decrease loneliness.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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