Many parents are wondering how to bring up the pandemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make children more anxious than they may be already. Letting your child know that it’s normal to feel stressed at times; recognizing those feelings, and explaining stressful times will pass and life will get back to normal will help build resilience in children.

· Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus. Most children will have already heard about the virus or seen people wearing face masks, so parents shouldn’t avoid talking about it. Not talking about something can actually make kids worry more. Look at the conversation as an opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone.

Lisa Donovan is a forensic interviewer at Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center. The center is dedicated to a community where children are safe, families are strong and kids can be kids again. Stay up to date on helpful tips @kidsagaincac on Facebook.

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