How to Address Children’s Anxiety during Covid-19?
April 21, 2020
Webinar with Pablo Goldberg and Alex Behn
In mid-April, the Santiago Center hosted a webinar with tips for parents and other concerned adults looking to best help children deal psychologically with the crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Goldberg, it is important for parents to be role models, maintaining a balanced life and providing examples for their children in facing “the new normal.” He recommended that parents structure the day, particularly when it comes to doing homework or chores and defining spaces.
In turn, Behn spoke of the need to limit access to news and help to contextualize the situation in a transparent way, without dramatizing or providing false information.
Both experts agreed on the importance of parents being open to questions, validating the child’s feelings and being compassionate and empathetic.