How can parents help our kids during the COVID-19 crisis

For parents

Children and teens can react from what they see from the adults around them. It is important for parents and caregivers deal with this crisis calmly and confidently, as you can provide the best support for your children.

Our children can respond to stress in a different way. According to the CDC, below are some common behaviors and emotions to watch for.

  • Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
  • Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
  • Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
  • Poor school performance or avoiding school work
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
  • Unexplained headaches or body pain
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

What can you do to help support your child during this crisis?

  • Take time to talk with them about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. Since schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

Feel free to reach out to the Dearborn schools emotional support hotline.

  • Dearborn schools psychologists, social workers, and counselors are here to support your children during this time.
  • Please reach out if your student needs to talk to someone or displaying some of these warning signs as described above.
  • To contact the crisis center call (313) 827-8500 or

Above all, stay safe, healthy and happy!

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