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March 13, 2020
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We’re all looking for answers during the new novel coronavirus outbreak and so are our kiddos.
It can be tricky to talk to kids about scary or difficult topics like this, especially when you don’t have all the answers.
So where do you begin? Luckily, you’re not alone!
There are tons of resources out there to help you through the process. Here are some of our favorite tips:
Your kids have likely heard grown-ups and other kids talking about Coronavirus – but there is a lot of misinformation out there. Asking questions will help you understand your child’s fears and give you the chance to clarify things that might feel confusing.
Narrative storytelling is familiar for kids and helps demystify the information.
Be open and honest but scale the amount of detail you give based on your child’s age and development.
We love the Curious Guide for Courageous Kids by the Hands On! International Association of Children in Museums. It’s free to download, reads like a storybook, and includes kid-friendly illustrations.
We’re all working together to protect each other.
Here are some links to great free resources thanks to PBS Kids:
Discuss as a family how you can help by stopping germs in their tracks. Practice good handwashing, sneeze into the crook of your arm, and stay home and rest when you’re sick.
Once you’ve had the discussion and answered you questions, move on to a different topic or activity and avoid discussing Coronavirus with other adults within earshot.
Kids pick up on our stress! So try to have some fun.
Even if you are stuck at home in the coming weeks, the Glazer Children’s Museum will still be a source of fun and learning for your family! We have launched GCM At Home, a new section of our website where we will post videos, printable activity pages, recipes, and other fun ideas for you to try at home.
Follow along at GlazerMuseum.org/GCMatHome
MOSI has launched a website to help parents and caregivers approach the subject about coronavirus discussing Facts and Myths, Tips on staying healthy and even some really awesome experiments to continue the learning at home!