Helping Your Kids Through the Anxiety of Coronavirus | CA Law

Helping Your Kids Through the Anxiety of Coronavirus

With coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news and on just about everyone’s minds these days, it’s only natural for children to feel anxious. They may be worrying that they or members of their family may become ill. They may be concerned that their school will need to close for a period of time. They may be observing those around them in a heightened state of anxiety and becoming more apprehensive themselves.

In times of high social stress, like today, it’s more important than ever that parents, teachers and other trusted adults help children feel safe and secure. How can you best do that? As a parent myself, I found some incredibly helpful information in this newsletter from the Parents Place website, written by Karen DeVaney, Psy.D., licensed psychologist: Supporting Our Children in Difficult Times.

I invite you to read the entire article, but following are some of the ideas that I found most beneficial:

  • Start a conversation with your child about Coronavirus, and give them accurate information and tools to help them feel safe and in control.
  • Reassure them that most people only experience mild symptoms and that we have a strong network of doctors and hospitals to keep us all safe and well.
  • Listen attentively to your child, stay calm, and empathize with what they are feeling.
  • Maintain consistent family routines as much as possible.
  • Express gratitude and share positive news.
  • Help them to not touch their face and encourage them to wash their hands often.

Be sure to help yourself stay calm as well

As they say, knowledge is power. Here in Marin County, where my law office is located, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing a daily update, designed to keep individuals informed and reduce the spread of the virus in our community. If you would like to subscribe, you can do so here:

If you find that you need to calm your own fears about yours or your family’s health, I encourage you to do whatever normally works for you. Reach out to others: call a good friend, talk with your partner or spouse, talk with a spiritual advisor. Take a long walk in the trees or along the water. Sit in the sun. Meditate. Breathe deeply. Drink a hot cup of tea. Count your numerous blessings!

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Attorney Christina Sherman is a Marin County CA family law attorney and Certified Family Law Specialist, specializing in divorce, child custody and support, marital contracts and other family law issues.

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