Talking to your kids about coronavirus

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – These drastic changes in our daily lives don’t make a lot of sense for many kids, which is why it’s important to talk to them.

But how you do it makes a difference.

The CDC has some recommendations.

It says the first thing to do is manage your emotions.

If you’re anxious, your kids will pick up on it.

But when you’re ready, ask them how they feel and what they know.

Let them lead the conversation and ask questions.

Give them accurate information, if you don’t know something, tell them.

Experts say they’re just trying to wrap their heads around how this impacts them.

“Give them some information about what they can do to help them feel in control. Teach them what they can do to reduce the spread,” said Allison Allmon Dixson, a pediatric psychologist and behavioral health consultant for Gundersen Health System. “Something that you might say to your kid would be, it’s my job, our job as adults to keep everyone safe, and it’s your job to do things like wash your hands and follow adult directions. Giving them really concrete pieces of information that they can hold onto can be helpful.”

She says this isn’t a one and done conversation.

It’s not something you should talk about all day long, but it’s important to keep checking in.