OKC Counselor Speaks With News 9 On How To Talk To Your Children About The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic


Monday, March 16th 2020, 12:31 pm
By: News 9


It’s a challenging time for a lot of people, but especially parents who not only have to worry about themselves, but also their kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An Oklahoma City licensed counselor, Donnie Van Curen, said it is best to stay calm and have a proactive plan for your child on how to get through this new normal is best.

Curen said the dialogue should go like this: "This is what we're doing about it. This is how everybody else is handling it. It's going to be fine."

Curen said a child will have questions and it's best to make sure to answer those questions in a very positive way. It’s important to show your child you have a plan in place for the situation as it will help alleviate distress.

He said telling your child things likes, “we are going to wash our hands more, stay in more, try to eat at home more until this passes” will help.

"What happens, is we get anxious and they feel it. We don't talk and they know it,” Curen said.

He said it's important to always be communicating with them and to keep the dialogue consistent.

Curen said to create safe dialogue by answering their questions, but he also says not to overshare.

"It best to make sure it's age appropriate, what you talk about with your 5-, 6-year-old is going to be different than what you talk about with your 12-, 13-year-old, but make sure you're talking to them,” Curen said.

Curen reiterated that every child is different. He said a child’s need may differ, but it’s important to always keep and maintain an open and safe dialogue.

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