Take Time to Talk
Take the time to talk to children about their thoughts and feelings. You can support their ideas by listening, asking open ended questions, being patient and following their lead with the topics. One way to help children who are worried is to listen to their ideas. Children are also finding joy in this time and it is important to help them express their happiness and joys to build resilience to the stressful situation. This video asks children of different ages to share their worries about the pandemic.
Length: 4:50; 3 and older
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[00:00:10.855]♪ Twinkle twinkle little star ♪
[00:00:15.858]♪ What a wonderful child you are ♪
[00:00:20.299]♪ With bright eyes and rosy cheeks ♪
[00:00:27.623]♪ A talented child from head to feet. ♪
[00:00:33.993]♪ Twinkle twinkle little star ♪
[00:00:38.823]♪ What a wonderful child you are. ♪
[00:00:45.940]During this time children have many questions.
[00:00:49.580]And they are trying to express their concerns
[00:00:52.720]about their worries.
[00:00:53.750]But they're also happy
[00:00:55.440]and they wanna share those ideas also.
[00:00:57.690]So, Dexter what have been some of your thoughts
[00:01:00.370]about the pandemic and what's been going on
[00:01:03.540]in the world lately?
[00:01:09.540]and plants are starting to grow
[00:01:14.530]or might die.
[00:01:17.890]As the adult, don't be afraid to talk about it.
[00:01:20.440]Convey the facts and set an emotionally reassuring tone.
[00:01:26.230]Be age appropriate, older children will be able to process
[00:01:29.990]and handle a higher level of detail
[00:01:32.760]than a five year old.
[00:01:34.261]I do know it's all social distancing
[00:01:36.190]but sometimes I just can't stand
[00:01:39.610]just staying at home all the time
[00:01:41.000]it kinda drives me mad in a sense.
[00:01:44.240]So, I like going to my friends and having Zoom meetings.
[00:01:49.920]Keep talking with children,
[00:01:51.570]it's okay of you don't know the answer
[00:01:53.490]if they ask a question.
[00:01:55.611]Make sure that you focus on actions that they can take.
[00:02:00.060]Emphasize safety precautions to keep themself safe.
[00:02:05.220]I'm Malcolm and one of the things that's worried me
[00:02:08.860]about COVID-19 is my grandparents getting sick.
[00:02:12.790]And one of the things that I have really enjoyed
[00:02:15.459]about it is having big breakfasts with my family
[00:02:20.070]almost every day.
[00:02:21.540]I'm Ruby and this is what I think about
[00:02:25.240]the pandemic COVID-19.
[00:02:30.360]Well I do like it because you don't have a time limit
[00:02:34.320]on lunch, but the bad thing is
[00:02:37.640]you can't go do
[00:02:39.928]your summer plans.
Stop spinning, you know
[00:02:42.084]I don't like spinning.
[00:02:45.620]Hi, my name is BJ and something that I've
[00:02:48.510]been worried about in COVID-19
[00:02:51.790]is losing my parents.
[00:02:54.300]But some of the things that I've been happy about
[00:02:56.560]while COVID-19 is going around
[00:02:59.570]is not having to go to school.
[00:03:01.568]The pandemic has technically made me have to
[00:03:04.360]wash my hands a lot more and play outside a lot.
[00:03:09.010]And me thinking about going back to school
[00:03:11.700]I'm gonna really wanna wash my hands a lot and
[00:03:13.900]wear a mask probably.
[00:03:19.980]you can do recess with your siblings.
[00:03:27.056]Children are going to share
[00:03:30.230]what makes sense to them,
[00:03:32.220]and they're gonna connect it to their lives.
[00:03:35.400]So, be thoughtful on what they're sharing.
[00:03:37.835]Well since there's lots of people getting it
[00:03:42.470]I'm kinda nervous about
[00:04:02.520]there's been people dying from it.
[00:04:07.450]Some people die sometimes
[00:04:10.290]and some people stay alive.
[00:04:12.970]And this tree stump is dead,
[00:04:16.610]because it got chainsawed down.
[00:04:19.133]What are some things
[00:04:20.500]that you've learned about protecting yourself
[00:04:24.400]from the virus?
[00:04:27.260]Wash your hands,
[00:04:31.400]and keep yourself healthy.
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