How to Talk to Kids about the Pandemic

04/10/2020
NEWS BRIEFS
Free drive-through COVID-19 testing in Archuleta County for everyone at the Archuleta Integrated Healthcare clinic, Tuesdays from 12pm to 4:30pm by appointment only. Call 970-264-2104, June 2nd through August 25th, sjbpublichealth.org
Durango Public Library’s Summer Reading Programs run June 10 to Aug 1. Register online DurangoGov.org/library, call 970.375.3380 or email reference@DurangoGov.org
LPC Humane Society Thrift Store open, lpchumanesociety.org
SJBPH requires restaurants and camps to complete an infection prevention checklist and self-certify, sjbpublichealth.org
SJBPH is offering prioritized COVID-19 worksite testing, contact Tracie Holcomb at tholcomb@sjbpublichealth.org for more
as of 5pm, June 1 - Southwest Colorado confirmed COVID-19 cases by county: La Plata (81), Archuleta (8), Montezuma (46), Dolores (0), San Juan (1). Deaths due to Covid: Montezuma (2), Deaths among cases: LaPlata (1), Montezuma (1), sjbpublichealth.org, montezumacounty.org
Colorado COVID-19 totals: 26,577 cases, 1,458 deaths among cases, 1,185 deaths due to COVID-19, 4,372 hospitalized, 188,069 tested, 282 outbreaks, colorado.gov

Dr. Doug Miller offers seven tip to help kids cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HI PARENTS. THIS IS DR DOUG. I WANT TOPROVIDE YOU SEVEN THINGS THAT YOU COULD DO TO HELP REDUCE YOURCHILD'S ANXIETY ABOUT COVID-19. NUMBER ONE:  MEET YOUR CHILD'SCONCERNS WITH VALIDATION AND COMPASSION. IF THEY'RE COMING TO YOUWITH THEIR CONCERNS AND THOUGHTS ABOUT COVID-19, HOW ABOUT AWILLINGNESS TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY WITHOUT OVERREACTINGWITH YOUR OWN EMOTIONAL REACTION. THAT'S LIKELY TO SHUT THEM DOWN ANDBE LESS LIKELY TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT FUTURE CONCERNS. BUT ALSO HAVE AWILLINGNESS TO REALLY CORRECT ANY SIGNIFICANT MISCONCEPTIONS THATTHEY MIGHT HAVE. NUMBER TWO: STICK TO DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATEFACTS. YOU KNOW, IT MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENTALLY FOR MANYKIDS TO BE WATCHING THE NEWS RIGHT NOW. YOU ALSO WANT TO REALLY LIMITHOW MUCH EXPOSURE THEY HAVE TO SOCIAL MEDIA AND THOSE ADULT-LADENCONVERSATIONS THAT YOU ARE HAVING. IT'S PROBABLY MORE APPROPRIATE FORYOU TO HAVE SOME OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS WHEN THE KIDS AREN'T AROUND.

NUMBER THREE: REASSURE KIDS BY EMPOWERING THEM, EMPOWERINGTHEM TO GET INVOLVED WITH HELPING TO CREATE A SCHEDULE AROUND THEHOUSE, BUT ALSO BY GETTING KIDS INVOLVED AND TAKING ACTION THAT HELPSTHEM. TAKE SOME LEVEL OF ANXIETY AND TURN IT INTO SOMETHING WITH APURPOSE. AND BY DOING THAT, BY GIVING THEM A SENSE OF PURPOSE, THATHELPS REDUCE THAT ANXIETY. NUMBER FOUR: EMPHASIZE KINDNESS. REALLYPRAISE AND ENCOURAGE AND REWARD ACTS OF KINDNESS THAT YOUR KIDS AREDOING FOR OTHERS IN THE HOUSEHOLD, BUT ALSO GET THEM INVOLVED INDOING ACTS OF KINDNESS FOR THOSE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND IN OURCOMMUNITY. NUMBER FIVE: MODEL POSITIVE BEHAVIOR. YOU KNOW, KIDS LEARNAN AWFUL LOT BY WATCHING US, AND WHEN MOM AND DAD ARE DOING THINGS TOTAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES BY EATING RIGHT AND GETTING GOOD EXERCISE ANDGETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. OUR KIDS ARE SEEING THAT AS MOM AND DAD AREOKAY, IT HELPS THEM FEEL MORE SECURE AND REDUCES THEIR ANXIETY, BUTALSO TEACHES THEM FUNCTIONAL WAYS TO COPE WHEN THEY, TOO, ARE FEELINGSTRESSED OR FACING SOME LEVEL OF CRISIS.

NUMBER SIX: CREATEFUN WAYS, KID FRIENDLY WAYS TO LEARN THINGS LIKE WASHING YOUR HANDSFOR 20 TO 30 SECONDS. MAYBE YOU WASH YOUR HANDS TOGETHER WHILESINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY OR THE ABC SONG. AND LASTLY, NUMBER SEVEN:MONITOR ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN YOUR CHILD'S MOOD OR BEHAVIOR. IFTHESE CHANGES RAISE CONCERNS FOR YOU, THEN IT'S PROBABLY WORTHREACHING OUT TO YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN OR PEDIATRICIAN. THIS ISAN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO BE A REAL LEADER FOR YOUR KIDS, AND WECOULD ALL BE BETTER LEADERS IN OUR HOMES AT THIS TIME. I'M DR DOUG.BE YOUR CHILD'S HERO.

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