There is a little debate going on among my friends who also happen to be parents like me. One of them told the group that she was having second thoughts about talking regarding the coronavirus with her kids around. She said, “I want them to be as child-like as possible. I don’t think they need to know about this pandemic.”
Everyone expressed their opinions about it. When they asked me, I told them that my children are aware of the coronavirus from the moment that their school canceled regular classes. Some people agreed with me, but I knew that others did not, considering they did not open the topic again. Still, I stand by my decision to make my kids know about the current situation because:
It Will Go Down In History
From the get-go, you know that getting rid of the coronavirus does not mean it will be forgotten soon after. Many experts have made it the focus of their studies; news outlets worldwide cover updates about it one too many times every day. Hence, I will be more surprised if this outbreak does not go down in history.
When you tell your kids about the coronavirus, they can understand why some things happen these days. For instance, non-front-line workers cannot go to work, and students cannot go to school. Although they may only realize its full scope later in life, it won’t be too challenging for them to relate when the teachers discuss the matter at school.
Safety Can Come From Knowledge
The children are not short of wanting to hear more details about a specific topic like the coronavirus. After all, it keeps them from going out and doing everything that they usually do during a school break. And a part of they tend to ask is, “How can I make sure I don’t catch the virus?”
That’s when you can teach your kids the significance of having clean hands and feet and wearing a face mask all the time. It should not be too complicated, given that the coronavirus genuinely spreads when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or at least talks in your personal space. You can also get it if you touch anything where their saliva has previously landed and used the same hand to touch your face.
You Cannot Shelter Kids From The Ugly Fact Of Life
Moreover, you should not deprive your children of knowledge about the virus because it exists, no matter how ugly this fact may be. You cannot evade them every time they ask why they cannot see their friends or play at the local park. If I’m honest, it is even unfair for them not to know what’s happening and why.
I know how much you want to shield your little ones from this scary truth. I am a parent, too; I feel your worries. Despite that, believe it when I say that kids are the smartest people you’ll ever meet. If you explain the circumstance and assure them that you are protecting yourselves by staying at home, they will take it well.
Your children are in their most formative years right now. They love learning; they want to know everything. Why should you insist on hiding the coronavirus information to them when it may be able to keep them from contracting it?
In case you have not told your kids about the virus yet, change your tactics and do it now. Just choose to use the words that are appropriate for their age so that the knowledge will surely stick. You will be doing them a favor by doing so—trust me on that.