How To Talk with Kids about COVID-19 • Science of Parenting • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
We are parenting in an unprecedented time, and that means our kids have unprecedented questions and concerns. Knowing how much to tell them is seriously tough. What is appropriate to tell my three year old? And what am I supposed to tell my school-ager who wants to go over to a friend’s house? And how do I talk with my teenager about all rumors they have heard floating around?
Well at The Science of Parenting we focus on sharing research-based information that fits your family. So we have put together some trustworthy resources that guide you in having these tough conversations with your kids. Check them out below (and look for more information on our COVID-19 webpage for parents).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 General tips for talking with our children based on the most current facts we have about the pandemic
Department of Family Science from the University of Maryland – these pages provide parents with specific questions to ask and words to use based on your child’s age.
Zero to Three – Answer Your Young Child’s Questions about Coronavirus
This website provides specific language parents can use to answer questions that young children may have.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (free download of PDF on the right side) – Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
This resource looks at how children of different ages may be reacting to the outbreak and provides tips for talking with each age group.
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