The last thing you want to do is stress out your children by trying to teach them how to cope with the stressful situation they're in at school. You have to do what you can to make it easier for them to handle the situation and learn to relax as the situation plays out.
* Learn how to talk to your children about the stress they're going through. This is one of the most important things you can do to help your children cope during the lockdown. Talk to them about their fears, worries and anxieties and tell them that it is okay and that they don't have to worry too much.
* Let your child know that they can talk to you about the situation if they're having trouble dealing with it. Don't be afraid to talk to them about what's happening. When you do, give them space. If they feel like they're bothering you or aren't getting your full attention, let them go.
* Tell your child that there are other people around. Sometimes it's hard to get your child's attention when the school is being closed down. They may start feeling like they're the only one in the building. It's okay to let them know that other students are around. They can talk to them about the situation while they're waiting.
* Tell your child that there are places they can go when the school is being closed down. Children tend to be very resistant to change and when the school has shut down, they start worrying that they won't be able to go to the right place. This is one of the things that will lead to more anxiety. If you encourage them to ask to see the teacher's office, or the lunchroom, they'll be more open to the idea.
* Show them that there is still a lot to do at school. You can't expect your child to learn how to feel fine once everything is over if they don't know what else is happening. They'll miss all of the things they did before the lockdown started and won't have time to plan anything else.
* Tell your child to be prepared to work with the teacher. Let them know that even though the teacher is going to shut the doors and windows for the day, they are still going to continue teaching the lesson.
* Make sure that you send your child home on time for school so that they can be able to do other things while the lockdown is going on. They may not feel as nervous if they have time to get to school before things get started so don't worry about how you're doing. You'll find that they'll be able to make it back on time and can be less stressed when the lockdown is over.
* If your child can get to school early enough, you can also try to let them help make their parents comfortable. This might be something that you could do during a break if you have to. It can help your child feel like they're part of the process because they're helping to make everyone else feel better.
* Try to keep your child's education as high-quality as possible. If there are any problems with the school, try to get them involved in the discussions. That way, they'll feel more confident that things will be alright when the lockdown is over.
* If you find that the school is not going to open again, try to keep your child as safe. This means that they should stay in their room and make sure that they know where to go.
* Don't let your child feel anxious when you leave the house. Make sure that they get to school as quickly as possible so that they don't feel the need to be running around worrying about what might happen to them and their friends during the lockdown.
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