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:
- Key facts about COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control)
- Talking to kids about the coronavirus (childmind.org)
- How to talk to your kids about coronavirus (PBS)
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.