Handling the Coronavirus Discussion with Little Ones
By now I'm sure you've received several emails about the steps businesses are taking to minimize the risk of spreading the Coronavirus. At this point, we all know: "Wash your hands! Don't touch your face! Practice social distancing!" I joke, but the health, safety, and well-being of our employees and customers (big and small) is of the utmost importance to us. We, too, are taking every precaution in the store to minimize the risk of infection. These are uncertain times, but one thing I am certain of: we need to be there for our kids.
My 6-year-old came home from school yesterday obsessed with buying a "tiny animal hand sanitizer." He explained that he needed one to clip onto his backpack and would not let this go. When we couldn't find one online, tears flooded down his face. My heart broke. I knew he had a lot on his mind and was trying to process all the things he's been hearing about this virus. So we sat and I held him, all 60 lbs of him, while I rubbed his feet. He got very still and quiet and asked, "What is Coronavirus?'' Finally, those tears made sense. He needed an explanation and luckily I've been putting together this week's newsletter and found several articles on how to talk to kids about what is going on (all articles are linked below).
We read through this comic strip explanation via NPR and talked. My 3-year-old joined in and laughed at the silly drawings while my 6-year-old asked the serious questions, "How many people have died? How many kids have died? Are we going to get sick?" Although those are tough questions to answer, my research helped prepare me to answer with calm honesty and assurance. As new information is presented, I will make it a priority to keep the lines of communication open with both of them.
Of course, we'd love to see you in the store. But if it doesn't feel right, please give us a call or place an order online. We'll be happy to pick, wrap and send it off to you with free shipping*! Plus, if you have a little one with a birthday party that has been canceled or a baby shower that is postponed, we can help!
As a resource for all who are navigating discussing Coronavirus with your kids, here are a few links I found extremely helpful:Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus // Child Mind Institute
7 Simple Tips on How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus // Save The Children
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus // NPR
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty // ASFP
Stay safe and take care of each other in the weeks ahead, especially your little ones!
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