Honesty is the best policy … but remain calm
With everyone talking about the COVID-19 coronavirus, it is only natural that your high school child will want to join in the conversation. They have more than likely already had discussions with their peers and teachers and might have fears about what this will mean for their own health, schedule, safety or schooling – especially if they are in Grade 12.
So, how do you talk to your mini-adult about the current situation?
• Questions about health, the economy, and public policy are all legitimate issues for this age group. It is important to discuss these topics with them if they are interested.
• Acknowledge any worry, anxiety or fear they have and remind them that these feelings are normal.
• Some teens may want to block out the whole thing. It may appear that they do not care. This might be masking real worries. Ask questions and be ready to listen.
• Stick to the facts in your conversation and talk to your teens about what they see on TV or read online. Point them towards reliable sources of information.
• Some teens may be very interested in discussing the political or economic implications of the pandemic. Engage them in learning and critical thinking about the virus.
Remember, while your teen might act like an adult, they aren’t yet so don’t use your child to process your own anxiety. Reach out to other adults to process your fears while remaining calm in front of your child. If you stay calm, so will they.