Kids are least to be affected by the coronavirus, then why are we talking about this topic? Yes, this is true that children are getting very mild forms of the illness as far as we can see from other age groups. But, because it is so mild, sometimes they are not showing symptoms at all. So, they don’t even know they have it, but they spread it to other people and kids. When kids meet up with their friends, the first thing they are doing is wrestling, touching and playing with each other. So, it is essential to talk to kids about cleanliness and precautions taken during the Coronavirus.
Kids are often the biggest carriers as they don’t take proper precautions and hygiene etiquette. So, how to talk to kids about social distancing, cleanliness and proper hygiene? See, there is a difference between social distancing and isolation. You cannot stop your kid from a play date, and thus you cannot keep them isolated from their friends in this pandemic. So, what you can do to keep them safe and make them aware of the situation’s seriousness.
News of the coronavirus is everywhere, from the newspaper’s front page to the playground where kids are playing with their friends. Many parents and elders want to know how they can talk about this illness with their children in a way that provides reassurance and doesn’t increase their worries. Here is some advice about talking to your children about the cleanliness during coronavirus.
1. Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus and cleanliness
Most children have already heard about the virus, or they have seen people wearing masks, so they know something is up, and you should not be afraid to talk to them about it. Talk to kids about how you can prevent this from happening rather than locking them inside the home. Talk about the preventive measures you should take and cleanliness standards that they should maintain.
Not talking about the coronavirus and cleanliness precautions can be worse because kids can worry more if they think that you are avoiding talking to them. So, as an elder, you can take this as an opportunity to talk to kids about the facts and have a conversation without all of the emotion they might see in the news and hearing from you itself.
We recommend that the parents should be the ones who consume the news and give their kids information that is factual and not so emotional or exaggerated. Talk to them about the prevention measures they can take like Wearing a Mask, give them Fogger Machines if possible aware of them about the PPE Kit and other prevention and cleanliness stuffs.
2. Be Developmentally Appropriate
Do your best not to share too much information with your kids all at once. This can be overwhelming. Please do not ask them every time to catch up on all the cleanliness equipment. Give them their space and ask them to absorb the situation. You want to answer them honestly and clearly and give them the information you have. It is entirely okay if you do not have the answers to all of their questions right now.
3. Take your cues from your child
You really should take your cues from your child and answer what they are asking you. We recommend that you invite your children to ask you questions and to tell you the kind of things they have been hearing, and then you can tell them if that’s true or not.
If your talk to kids is curious about why we are Wearing Mask? Then, answer them honestly and add plus points that we can also keep ourselves safe. But again, never allow them to ask too many questions because that can encourage more frightening fantasies.
4. Follow what you want your kid to follow
You have to follow the government’s basic guidelines to make them followed by your kid. Tell them the do’s and not don’ts. If you poke them with don’ts, they will take this wrongly, which will mark a bad impact on their minds. Follow the basic rules and make your kid aware of the precautions that should be taken in order to protect yourself. This also includes cleanliness precautions, which you should tell them after you are following them.
5. Parents should deal with their anxiety first
Many of us are feeling pretty anxious about the coronavirus. Instead of creating havoc in front of our children, we should be calm before talking to our children about it. If you notice that you are feeling particularly anxious at a particular time, make sure you stop, make yourself calm before having this conversation with your child.
6. Be Reassuring
you must be reassuring with your talk to kids. Children tend to be pretty narcissistic, so it is common for them to worry that they will contract this illness. If you reassure your child that they are not likely to get this illness, and if you take proper precautions, you are safe from this virus. We should tell them the benefits of cleanliness and Sanitise.
Whenever you or your Kid step inside from outside, make sure you do Proper Sanitising of your body. You also can Wear PPE kits for more safety.
7. Focus on what you are doing to stay safe
Kids feel empowered when they know what they can do to keep themselves safe. So, that is the reason we should emphasize more on cleanliness like Washing your hands, doing proper sanitization by Fogger Machines, and many more precautions. Make sure you tell them that this illness is spread through coughing and touching dirty things, so tell them not to touch any such thing and always Wear a Mask.
8. Make sure you are behaving normally and talking peacefully
Do not speak in a loud voice whenever your child forgets to sanitize hands or wear a mask; instead of this, tell your kid what could happen if you are not following this. Make them understand the pros of cleanliness.
Follow these steps, and you will notice that your kid will automatically follow cleanliness precautions. It is a long term illness and not even a disease, a pandemic. So, make sure that you also take proper care of cleanliness around you and your children. This is the only way you can keep safe yourself. Stay safe, stay inside.