Supporting Children Through COVID-19
~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~
“NOOOOO! I don’t want to go to the Doctor!” My grandson wailed.
“But honey, you have strep throat. You need medicine to get well. You have been to the doctor before. Why are you so upset this time?” his mother asked.
“They will test me for COVID and it will be positive. Everyone will hate me and they will lock me up at home forever!”
Where do kids come up with these things? Well, the truth is, they are sensitive. All the adults around them are freaked out and no one can agree on anything.
Is COVID-19 a hoax or a grand conspiracy? Is it biological warfare and we are all doomed to die? Is it a scheme to vaccinate us all with tracking chips? No wonder the poor children are confused and frightened.
We speak about returning to normal, but how normal can it be with a generation of children suffering from PTSD?
How can we mitigate the trauma to our children during this pandemic? How can we reassure them when we ourselves are so unsure?
With us this hour to explore the effect of COVID-19 on our children and how to support them through it is Laurie Marshall. Laurie is the author of “Beating the Odds Now – Ten Steps to Meet the Standards and Still Love What You Do.” Laurie is a certified Social Studies and Art teacher with 35 years’ experience in public, alternative and private schools. She is a bully prevention, project-based learning and arts integration specialist. A mother of two sons and a grandmother, she is passionate about supporting parents and teachers in these unprecedented times.
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