A pandemic can be a scary time for parents and children alike and with everything that’s going on, it’s only natural to feel a sense of unease.
But we need to remain calm because many young people are worried by what they’re hearing on the news, and the daily updates are alarming. To save them (and yourself) from unnecessary anxiety, there are a few simple things that you can say and do to help keep young people calm.
Most modern countries are prepared to deal with emergencies such as this, the UK is particularly well-placed, and the NHS is doing everything they can to treat patients.
Explain words to them that they may not have heard before:
Offer practical advice:
For the time being the easiest way to reduce the risk of being affected by flu viruses of any sort (including the common cold) is to be conscientious, considerate and follow sensible hygiene practice:
These are easy habits for young people to adopt and should help them feel as though they’re able to avoid getting a cold or flu.
Events like this can be very scary for young people so focus on the known facts rather than fixating on worst-case scenarios; this will allow your child to process the situation and keep it in perspective. However worried you may feel, do your best to keep your concerns to yourself and make sure your child understands that you will do everything in your power to keep them — and yourself — safe.
You may be interested to know that Alicia is running some Online Talks for Parents and Teens in the coming weeks to help everyone during this very challenging time. You can find details and bookings here.
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