Tips for Families During COVID-19

Campus Coronavirus Updates

Visit the University of Iowa coronavirus website for the latest information about COVID-19 and the university’s response.

University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital: Coronavirus (COVID-19) At-Home Toolkit for Families

Take Time to Talk

Answer questions and share facts about coronavirus and COVID-19 in ways your children can understand. See these resources:

Reassure Your Children

Let them know it’s okay to be upset. Tell them how you deal with your own stress so they can learn to cope.

Limit Media Exposure

Children can misinterpret media coverage and be frightened by things they don’t understand.

Provide a Sense of Structure

Schedule your days and return to regular school or child care routines as it becomes safe to do so.

Be a Role Model

Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat well, and connect with family and friends for social support.

Plan Fun, Meaningful Activities

Make time to do things that have helped in other stressful situations—reading, watching movies, playing games, listening to music, or engaging in religious activities.

You are your child’s most trusted source of information. Help them feel informed, protected, and reassured regardless of what they hear from friends or on the news. 

Adapted from tips developed by the University of Washington.

Contact Information

Family Services

Phone
Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States