Many of us have been sheltering in place for weeks at this point. We’ve adjusted to vastly different day-to-day lives, ones that often see us juggling duties even more than we were before shelter-in-home and social distancing guidelines were in place.
But just because we’re semi-accustomed to things doesn’t make it easier, particularly for parents. We have questions and fears, so of course our kids have questions and fears.
For some clarity on what we should or shouldn’t be doing and saying during this time, we spoke with Dr. Shayda Ahi, a clinical psychologist based who specializes in children and adolescents, both through her private practice and working at the Brookwood School in Manchester, Mass.
With all children
First and foremost, with all children, Ahi says it’s good to show our feelings, in ways that are age-appropriate relative to our kids.
“We need to be open and honest with them.