Helping children communicate their emotions is a particular challenge for parents during COVID-19, especially when we are lock down. We pulled together resources online and found that we can help children practice naming, responding, and expressing their feelings. That we can help our kids by staying calm and showing empathy. Experts also point to the importance of regular schedules and routines – even when everything else is upside down.
These tips grew out of the survey we launched early in May 2020 to understand how COVID-19 was impacting children’s communication. We shared the general findings here. We also developed tips for keeping children talking. Parents expressed that more information about helping their kids communicate would be helpful. During our July lab meetings, we brainstormed what should go into the tip sheet. Carolina and Maryam wrote the text and prepared the “mise en page” and we are ready to share!
- Tips for helping kids communicate their emotions.