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How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Posted at 6:33 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 23:35:43-04

TULSA, Okla. — As the coronavirus outbreak starts affecting schools in the area, now is a good time to check in on your kids and see how they're feeling about it.

A Holland Hall parent said her children were very worried after the school closed early due to coronavirus concerns.

Related Story: Holland Hall Cancels Classes due to Coronavirus Concerns

So how do you calm them down?

Matthew Crum with Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma said how parents react will affect their kids. He also said kids who already experience anxiety are likely to be the most anxious when it comes to the coronavirus. He says give them more reassurances and let them know they’re safe. For more confident kids, he said compliment them on being confident.

“Kids exist in the world that we sculpt for them," Crum said. "So, if we’re hysterical, if we’re frantic, if we’re scattered, they’re going to be more fearful. So, we need to get good information and we need to tell them what’s going on.”

Crum also said stress can weaken the immune system. So, he suggests getting rest, washing your hands and staying away from people who don’t feel well.

Crum also recommends just asking your kids what they know and what they’re afraid of. Focus on their feelings and then give them the correct information.

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