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Why your kids are asking all the hard questions during this pandemic

Parenting - By Esther Muchene | May 22nd 2020 at 02:05:00 GMT +0300
Children are generally curious and they genuinely want to know what this pandemic is all about (Shutterstock)

I think I’ve heard the word coronavirus over a million times now and it’s slowly driving me crazy to be honest.

The fact that we’re not very sure about how the future will change after it’s all over (if that will be the case) makes it even scarier to think about.

As adults grapple with the so-called pandemic, you surely do not expect kids to have a grasp of it either. As they try to wrap their young minds around it, they will ask some difficult questions which to be honest will be very hard to explain.

But it doesn’t mean you can’t try. Do your best to get on their level and explain to them why everything has changed so suddenly. Here is how you can get going

  • What is COVID-19?

Children are generally curious and they genuinely want to know what it’s all about. They might want to know why it has the number 19 on it and why it’s causing a lot of concern in the world.

They’re also probably wondering why they’re wearing masks and washing their hands so much when it wasn’t that serious before.

  • Is it the same as Coronavirus?

They get a little confused when they hear coronavirus one day and COVID-19 the next. They’re still curious and they want to know if it’s the same thing.

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If they come running to you after you’ve explained what COVID is, just let them know that it’s the same thing and that it’s still important to follow the hygiene protocols.

  • Is real school over for good?

They miss playing with their friends or they might even wonder if they’ll be able to learn in a classroom again.

At first, they were probably excited that they won’t have to get up early and prepare for school, but later on realize how much they miss being around that environment.

They’re also concerned how they’ll be able to graduate to the next class if they’re home, which is a huge concern for them. Be honest with them because no one is sure of when school will resume.

What you can do in the meantime is help them focus on their online classes if they’re having them or schedule study time because schools will still resume at some point.

The best thing to do is continue encouraging them (Shutterstock)
  • What is death? Are we going to die?

Maybe they’ve heard about the death tolls while you were watching news or a known public figure has passed away from the virus.

You have to be honest with them about death and why they have to take serious precaution.

You’ll already have a head start if you’ve talked to them about death before but if not, prepare for some more tough questions.

  • Why can’t we just find COVID and kill it with soap then?

It might still puzzle them why coronavirus is serious yet it can be killed with just soap and water. This is where you’ll get into a few details without using complicated terminology.

Let them know that we can’t see the virus with bare eyes, which makes it hard to detect.

  • How can I help?

There is always a brave superhero in every child. They might even feel like they can save the world and help beat the virus. And they’re not wrong actually.

Encourage them to always observe high hygiene standards and to remind their friends and siblings to do the same. They’ll be more than happy to take part in saving the world.

  • Is everything going to be okay?

Well, no one has the accurate answer to this for now. However, it won’t hurt to look on the positive side of things to avoid stressing about something we might not have control over.

We can do our part by self-quarantining and by washing and sanitizing but we can’t control what others are doing which is why infections rates are increasing rapidly.

The best thing to do is continue encouraging them and reminding them to be being thankful for every day that passes without having an infection in the family.

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