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 NHS is doing everything they can to treat patients and many former health care workers have volunteered to help.
Explain words to them that they may not have heard before:
Offer practical advice:
For the time being the Government’s directive is that everyone must stay at home and only go out for food, health reasons or work (only if you cannot work from home), if you go out to keep two meters away from other people at all times and to wash your hands as soon as you get home.
Young people must understand the importance of adhering to these measures and it should help them feel as though they’re able to avoid catching the virus.
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 like to know that we are delivering Live Online Talks for parents and teens – including Parenting During Isolation, First Aid For Your Child’s Mind, Teens & Screens and Managing The Stresses Of Life – to support your child during adolescence and help your family during this very challenging time.
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