Conversations can be overheard in homes, stores, medical offices, restaurants, parks, and other places. Even while social distancing, talk continues. Whether taking a walk in the neighborhood and visiting with friends or sharing a phone call with family, the coronavirus will likely be mentioned.
Our two years old grandson told me, “Mimi, that coronavirus is bad.” He wants to go to preschool and see his friends and teachers. His Mom and Dad have shared that the children can’t go to school because of a bad sickness called the coronavirus.
Even at his young age, Rowan knows something is different.
I’ve heard people say, “Kids don’t know what is happening. They don’t understand.” Wrong. The children may not understand the specifics of why people are sick or why they can’t go to this place or that place. But, children do know something is different and that something is not good.
When sharing about the awful virus with young people, we don’t need to give all details. Their minds can handle the basics. Children sense the feelings of the people around them. If you are sad and crying, they notice. If you are mad, they notice. If you are hopeful, the children notice.
Those young people are sensitive to the feelings of others. Be careful with your words.
Remind children that they are loved. Remind them that you will take care of them. Show them smiles. Share the joy with children. Show them sunsets, beautiful flowers, and more of God’s creations. Give them hope.
Yes, share with children. Share how there is a bad virus making some people sick. Share how we need to wash our hands often, how we need to stay home more, and how we need to be careful.
Let them know things will change one day and they will be able to go back to school and see friends and teachers.
Don’t disregard their feelings. Remind the children in your life that they are loved and cherished by you and by God.
Let’s pray for the coronavirus to leave and never return. Let’s pray for good health for all the children.
Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. She contributes articles and devotions to various magazines and websites. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon, and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-love, and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.
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