Posted on 03/19/2020 at 02:16 PM by Blog Experts

There is so much to think about with regards to the relationship between COVID-19 and children.  Here are some thoughts that include some valuable links. 

  • In this time of uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic we have lots of questions that relate to children.  What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?  How can I protect my child from COVID-19 infection? Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults?  Let's go straight to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their webpage Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children to get some answers to these questions. 
  • Never has hand-washing been so important as the present time!  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides these CDC Videos on Hand-Washing to help us understand why.  While many of us are quarantined in our homes with young children we have time to enforce this important concept.  Choose one of these 7 Hand-Washing Songs to Teach Your Kids the proper techniques.  Be persistent and have fun, and remember that without music life would Bâ™­.
  • Adults have fears about the coronavirus and so do children!  As adults we must keep our own anxiety in check to ensure that children do not experience unnecessary distress.  The New York Times gives us tips on How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus.  They suggest that you assess what your child knows about the disease, not dismiss their fears, and talk with them about it at an age-appropriate level.  Framing school closure as a positive is also critical. Remember that adult attitudes quickly pass on to children, especially when they’re confined together for long periods of time.
  • Most adults have had to get creative with how to occupy children’s time as they are home-bound during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.  Cabin fever sets in and keeping high spirits can be challenging. Here are 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis. Pick the ones that are age-appropriate for your children and have fun with them!  Not one of them involves a worksheet or a textbook and yet all are highly educational.  View these times as an opportunity for you to bond with children and give them a positive memory that they will carry with for the rest of their lifetime!
  • This mountain has been placed in front of us and we must prove that it can be moved!
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