Need A Little Help With and About Coronavirus Discussions?
COVID-19, closures, cancellations and quarantines put a lot of pressure on children and adults. Have you lost income? Are you feeling overwhelmed? 2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, helps Texas citizens connect with the services they need.
You can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community. You can also search online at www.211texas.org
How do I talk to my kids about COVID-19?
There is lots of information on the internet. Two of the better resources come from the National Association of School Psychologists and PBS. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Be as calm as you can. Children and teens are great at reading how we feel. The calmer you are, the calmer your child will be.
- Answer their questions, even if the answer is “I don’t know.” Right now, some people are sick. Most are not.
- Tell them adults are working to keep them safe & healthy. Teach them what they can do to stay healthy (wash your hands, cover your cough)
- Turn off the technology. Seeing too much news coverage, too many social media posts and too many web pages about COVID-19 can make you and your child anxious.
- Make or keep a routine. Is everyone home at the same time? Try waking up and going to bed at the same time each day. Eat meals at the same time. Bathe and dress as if you were going to school/work.