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We’ve never been through anything like this before, and it’s tough. It can be especially hard when we worry about the ways the pandemic is affecting the children in our lives. But there are ways to show your children they are safe and connected.

1. Talk About It.

Talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand.

2. Tell Them They Are Safe.

Reassure your child that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn from you how to cope with stress.

3. Turn Off the News.

Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.

4. Stay In a Routine.

Try to keep up with regular routines. If kids aren’t in school, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.

5. Care for Yourself.

Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

6. Spend Time Connecting.

Spend time with your child in meaningful activities, reading together, exercising, or playing board games.