Building Resilience: Be Mindful of Media
Be Mindful of Media
Staying updated about the pandemic is important but can also increase anxiety for everyone. The news can be especially scary for children. They may be scared that they or their loved ones will get sick. They may not entirely understand what they are hearing and seeing, which can further increase anxiety. Limit how much news you and your children are exposed to. When talking about the news, ensure that your younger children are not in the room with you.
For children (13+) who understand what is happening, watch together so you can answer their questions. Use open ended questions to start discussions with them regarding what they know, what questions they have, and how they are emotionally processing it all. Visit the NCTSN website for help with how to format questions.
Note: Mental health is always important, but during times of crisis it is paramount. The following guidelines are designed to support you in finding ways to cope, understanding how to practice self-care, and nurturing your connection with your child. Building Resilience: Parenting During a Pandemic is a joint effort between Louisiana Children's Museum and Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
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