Don’t Ignore Your Kids’ Anxiety Related to COVID-19

As we will be spending more time with our kids over the next few weeks in isolation, it may be the best time to help them learn some skills to manage their emotions.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

What a roller coaster week it has been! On Monday, I was still daydreaming my weekend ski trip to Vermont. On Tuesday, I started to realize this trip might not happen at all due to work-related meetings and updates. On Wednesday, it became apparent that we needed to cancel the trip and we did. On Thursday, I found out that many sporting events are cancelled, school is closed for two additional weeks after March Break, Sophie Gregoire (wife of Prime Minister Justine Trudeau) was tested positive for COVID-19 and Disney is closed. By Friday, the official communication is that we should not travel outside of Canada due to the widespread of COVID-19.

I am happy our government and healthcare system are taking all the necessary steps as different events unfold. But these cancellations and last minutes changes are going to not only affect us but our kids’ mental health.

It is important to check on with them to see what they have heard, how they are interpreting the information and how their feelings are towards these events.

I know my daughters hear a lot about “COVID-19”, “coronavirus” and coupled with school cancellation, they may have different interpretation of what is going on, depending on how much they understand and how much they can deal with the ever changing information.

It can be unsettling but I think it is also the perfect opportunity to help them manage these anxious thoughts, deal with uncertainties and to reassure them we are doing everything we can to deal with this unprecedented time. Ask them to express their feelings, teach them deep breathing, encourage them to come to you to share their frustrations and offer different ways to cope with them.

As we will be spending more time with our kids over the next few weeks in isolation, it may be the best time to help them learn some skills to manage their emotions. Here’s an article that I find helpful about what parent can do to help with an anxious child.

This post was originally published here at DrugOpinions.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Hiking trail

Surprising insights from my COVID “staycation”

by Theresa Crimmins

Gunjan Prakash: “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst”

by Karina Michel Feld

“Evaluate productivity” With Charlie Katz & Bethany Hollars

by Charlie Katz

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.