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Talking to kids about virus? Experts say be calm and honest

8 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Thursday, March 12 2020 Mar 12, 2020 March 12, 2020 12:15 PM March 12, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By CLAUDIA LAUER
Associated Press

As more schools announce closures and cancel events, parents are having to decide how to talk to their children about the coronavirus. Some parents say they're checking in daily, while others said they're limiting conversation out of concern it may make their children anxious. Child psychology experts' advice is to be reassuring, focus on proactive steps and do research to truthfully answer their questions. One expert stresses that parents should not collude in their child's anxiety by refusing to go outside or by buying face masks. “And I don't need a sniffle to turn into them worrying about dying.”

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