Any parents here? How did you originally explain the Covid pandemic to your children?

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I have a 7 year old son, he was 5 years old when the covid-19 pandemic started. We started explaining that there was a flu-like illness but that if we got it we could get complicated and end up in the hospital so we should take care of ourselves and avoid getting sick as much as possible, even though he was a child he understood the situation as much as he could.

Thankfully my daughter was old enough (12) at the time to understand without us having to simplify or understate what we were dealing with. Of course, there was a rough adjustment period as she realized that we couldn't do all the things we usually do, but it sank in eventually

It becomes hard to explain when you are a researcher and you have to go out every day with all the hygiene, cleaning, disinfection and isolation protocol. Even though I was telling her that I was healthy and that my protection was enough, I noticed that she was getting more stressed than she should be (she is 10 years old). Fortunately the darkest days are over and my family is healthy.

I figured honesty was the best policy for explaining this to my boy. He was 8 at the time, and we told him about this very dangerous virus that could put our lives at risk if we weren't careful.

It didn't take much for my 9 year old to understand. She understands how viruses spread, so I explained why the introduction of a new virus can be more serious and why the spread needs to be slowed. It wasn't explaining the pandemic that was the issue so much as helping her cope with the guidelines. Two years felt like a life time to a kid.

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