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Talking to your kids about COVID-19

 

Staying healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak is a top priority, which includes tending to the mental well-being of you and your children.

 

It is difficult to escape the constant news updates regarding COVID-19, known as the coronavirus. These unexpected and disruptive events can challenge our sense of security.

 

Monroe One BOCES Behavioral Health Services has compiled a list of resources and recommendations for parents to follow during this time.

 

  • Allow room for questions
  • Stick to facts
  • Allow time away from the topic by limiting access to news coverage/conversations
  • Continue to follow normal routines
  • Focus on what can be controlled (i.e. social distancing, hand washing)
  • Model self-care (eat healthy meals, sleep well, exercise and take deep breaths to handle stress)
  • Encourage positive activities
  • Let students know who, when and where they can go if they need to talk or need a break
  • Listen and validate feelings


At any point, you can dial 211 to connect with services in our region.


You can also visit KidsThrive585.org for local resources and support centers


Local Mindfulness Leader, Erica Ebert, also has online resources for you and your family. 


ONLINE RESOURCES:

 

Helping Children Cope

 

Managing Stress


Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

 

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Talking With Children: TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS DURING INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS

Updated Resources From The National Association of School Psychologists