Helping teachers, parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles to talk about COVID-19 with children
All she knows is that Nanna doesn’t come any more. Sure, we Facetime and I can see her, but she doesn’t understand that either.
This helps me because I can write how I might talk with her if she were a little older, and it gives me something to do that sort of “involves” Hannah. One day, I hope she will read this and understand a little more about what happened, how much I love her – it’s her history as well as mine.
I also hope that my conversational episodes might start conversations in families. This new way of life is here to stay for a while. It is difficult and gets more difficult as time goes by, for us all. Children understand early on, and then forget or just want it to end. Parents will be there and can support their children. Teachers may choose to share this with their own children or with their students or parents – their choice.
These episodes talk about this invisible threat we all face. The texts answer questions, suggesting ways to talk and things to do that may be helpful. If this helps one child, in one family, then I will be happier for writing these conversations.
Take care, stay safe and well