How to talk to your kids about COVID-19

We asked a child psychologist for tips
Posted at 5:59 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 18:03:45-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — If your child were to ask you about coronavirus, what would you say? One Williamsville mom has been struggling with the reality.

"It's been crazy honestly...trying to find that balance of what's appropriate to tell them, what's not?" said Julie Bishop, mother of two.

We're all dealing with a difficult situation, so we asked a licensed psychologist how parents can explain this to kids.

"Nobody knows your child as well as you do. You know what is enough and what is too much," said Dr. Amy Beth Taublieb.

Here are some quick tips:

  • You should talk to children of all ages about what's going on
  • Communicate at their level
  • Be honest, but only answer questions your child asks
  • Teenagers might be hesitant because it can cause anxiety
  • Have a structured schedule while your child is at home

"Your ability to parent well did not go away with the coronavirus," said Dr. Taublieb.

For those parents getting used to having kids at home, there are resources out there for you.