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Here we go again

We’re in another lockdown along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland having their own covid-19 restrictions. Your children may have heard bad virus things, many are myths from the playground. Talk about the virus, but how do you avoid raising your child’s anxiety levels?

Covid rules

Offer just enough, but not too much

Listen to your child and answer the question they are asking. If they asked about how you catch it, avoid talking about the death rates. Children will react to a lockdown in different ways. Some will see it as an adventure, and others will imagine the end of the world.

Anxious Children

If your child is struggling:

  • Avoid the virus and talk about the medical staff who are working hard to help people in hospital get better.
  • Reassure your children that it is OK to feel worried, as it’s a normal human emotion.
  • Use "worry-time" technique where you and your child sit down for 30-minutes a day to talk about the worries. Your job is to listen and reassure.
  • Outside of worry time, when your child starts worrying, ask them to save the worry for the worry-time.
  • Do a positive action with your child, such as making small donation to a foodbank or phone an elderly neighbour. Ask your child for positive ideas.
  • Consider doing meditation or relaxation exercises together with your children.
  • Each day play a game or bake a cake with your child, so it's seen as fun time.

Ultimately, you must be seen to control the virus situation. For example, take the family members’ temperature each morning and remind everyone to wash their hands. Ask your kids to get involved by taking their own temperatures or disinfecting the doorknobs in the home.

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Important: if you feel that your child has serious anxiety, then please speak to a medical expert, such as you GP.

Sources:

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/blog/how-to-talk-to-children-about-covid-19/

 

Date: 09 November 2020