While it may be intimidating to talk to young children about something as big as a global pandemic, avoiding the topic can actually make kids worry more.
During times like these, it is vital for parents to address their kids’ emotional needs and help them deal with their anxiety, confusion or fear.
To help, The Yale Child Study Center and Scholastic have published a workbook, First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic. It provides space for children to work through changes they’re noticing in the world and to identify their feelings and coping strategies. There are prompts to get children thinking about what questions they have about the pandemic, and space for them to write about what they're looking forward to in the future.
The 16-page workbook is available to download for free here.