Protecting a child’s mind! It starts with you…

COVID-19 – A Child’s Mind

17/04/2020

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In a world turned upside down for most children, the current situation can be both overwhelming and concerning for parents and carers when it comes to keeping families safe and well. However, we try and hide it, children will pick up on adult anxieties, so it is key that we let children be children and keep them feeling safe and calm.

Your child’s mind and wellbeing are paramount so here is some excellent advice on talking to them about coronavirus to make making sure they understand the ‘why’s’ and ‘how’s’ of what we are doing.

Books for isolation – you are not alone! 

From Anne Frank to Yann Martel – many fabulous authors have written about isolation. These are the Gresswell teams’ favourite tales of isolation. Can you think of any others?

  • The Martian – Andy Weir
  • Girl in the Window – Penny Joelson
  • The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • Room – Emma Donoghue
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel

This video is a delightful way for young children to understand:

Who better to educate us than child mind experts the ‘Child Mind Institute’, their top tips will help to calm your anxieties, help manage expectations of children and to turn a somewhat negative situation into a positive for younger minds.

National Geographic has put together some great tips that will help you talk to your children about the current situation and help them feel at ease.

Children’s author and national treasure Michael Rosen’s book ‘Good Idea’s – How to Be Your Child’s (and Your Own) Best Teacher’ is well worth a read! It will help you to educate children outside of the classroom and make learning fun! Full of tips, games and stories to inspire parents and carers and entertain bored children in 2020.