Supporting children through the pandemic
by Kat Rowe | October 6, 2021
With the ongoing disruptions and changes to our life following the emergence of the COVID-19 Delta variant in numerous states at different times, coupled with the length of time that we have now been experiencing this pandemic, there is growing concern about the impact that this is having for all of us – and especially for children.
There are lots of questions being asked regarding the often quickly changing daily activities and commitments such as school, sports, weekend plans, holidays and visits from friends and family.
When it comes to uncertainty in general, it is not something that we are all able to manage well or easily. This is because we are all hard-wired to seek control. There are a number of things that we can do with our children to help them cope with the uncertainty.
Recognising and talking about feelings
Similar to us, our children may be experiencing a range of emotions if they have not been able to see friends, have sleepovers, see extended family, play their weekend sports and do the things they normally do. Supporting and normalizing their emotions lets them know that you are there for them and that it’s okay to feel upset, frustrated, disappointed or whatever their experience may be.
It’s a great opportunity to encourage our children to notice different emotions that they might be having, being able to label them and to have someone there to support them to manage that emotion if needed.
Staying connected with friends and family is a big part of maintaining our wellbeing and can be done in creative ways – you may want to schedule a video call, phone call, write letters/send mail, or send photos. It can be a great way to still have the connection and share what we are doing in ways that are meaningful if in-person connection is not an option at this time.
Additional resources and tools
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Emerging Minds
- Raising Children Network
- Black Dog Institute
- Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC)
- Kids Helpline
- Zero to Three
- BRAVE (The Brave Program)