By Marie Panle
As the world continues to battle the Covid 19 pandemic which has forced schools to close and parents to stay at home, children are also affected in many ways.
Since parents now either have to work from home or not work at all, they now have the perfect opportunity to spend time with and get to know their children.
It is important to explain to them the current issues in the following ways;
Talk to your children about what’s going on, find out how they are feeling and what they are thinking about.
Spend time doing a positive activity with your children (such as reading, playing, painting, cooking etc) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns without having a big chat.
Keep as many regular routines as possible so that your children feel safe and that things are stable. Check in with them about what they are hearing because there is a lot of misinformation circulating about the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Find out what your children already know and start from there in terms of getting them on the right track.
As parents, we need to talk honestly with our children and help them gain perspective about the situation, let’s help them get the facts straight, move past fear and turn that fear into prayer. God is still in control of the world and we can trust Him.
Parents, encourage your children to choose to focus on God and His care for us as His children, encourage your children to voice their fears to God. Psalms 46 reminds us that God is our refuge and strength and a very present help in trouble. Because God is in charge, we do not have to be afraid, no matter what is happening in the world around us. God is bigger than any challenge that we face, including coronavirus, He is still our refuge.
Spend some time each day in family prayer, pray for those who have the virus and for the safety of those who don’t have it, especially health care workers and others on the front lines of the outbreak.
As we cope with this crisis, it’s important that we remember the words so often repeated in scripture.”Do not be afraid “.God is with us not only in good times, but in stressful times too.