Talking to Kids about COVID-19

During any crisis situation, it is natural to wonder what to say or how much to share with your children. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Family Health & Wellness program has a few general tips for parents to help these conversations go smoothly. Our children can be anxious or worried considering all the recent changes to their ordinary routines. You can ease some of their stress by acknowledging some level of concern, without causing panic, and explaining how these changes help keep your family safe and healthy. To help kids cope with their anxiety, we must be ready to give them accurate, age-appropriate information without causing undue alarm. Here are some practical tips followed by some resources to help make your conversation a little easier.