Adults are stressed over the impact of COVID-19 due to the threat of infection, disruption of livelihood, economic uncertainties, and overall the general psychological distress brought by being forced into a “survival mode.”
While it may not seem obvious, like adults, children experience their own fear and anxieties over what’s happening right now. Children who are stuck at home all day and unable to play with friends at Manassas Park daycare may experience distress.
Children perceive the world differently than adults, and this is why Maple Lawn Montessori of Manassas Park is here to give you some tips on how you can talk about COVID-19 with kids:
- Make them feel safe.
Be honest and explain to them what’s going on, but do not forget to soothe their concerns and reassure their fears.
- Stick to facts and use simple words.
Give your children enough information to lessen their distress, but not too much as it can overwhelm them.
- Let your child contribute.
They may be small, but your children can still help in keeping themselves as well as everyone else safe. Allowing them to help with chores can help them redirect their stresses into a productive activity.
- Walk the talk.
Sure, teachers at Montessori Preschool in Virginia teach students the importance of hygiene, but children mimic their families more. So, make sure that you are also reinforcing this tidbit at home by practicing what you preach.
This Montessori School in Manassas Park, Virginia may be closed, but we will ever stop trying to contribute to the betterment of your child’s future. Stay safe and stay at home!