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Family Preparedness

It's normal for children to feel anxious and have a lot of questions during times of crisis. Guidelines for parents include:

  • Remaining calm and reassuring
  • Being available to discuss and providing ongoing affection
  • Avoiding blame of others
  • Limiting excessive media exposure and clarifying misconceptions
  • Maintaining normal routines where possible
  • Providing accurate information
  • Setting a good hygiene example (handwashing and sneezing/coughing into elbow)
  • Communicating with schools

Read on for more family preparedness tools and guidance.

Talking with Children

  • National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
  • Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About Coronavirus "How to be open with children to help relieve their worry." View video.