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Explaining socially-distanced holidays to children

Updated: Dec. 18, 2020 at 1:42 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Whether it’s a zoom family dinner or smaller gatherings than we’re used to. Many of us have had to adjust our traditions in a pandemic, and explaining them to our kids can be tough.

One book author hopes to help parents with that challenge.

Author Fern Schumer Chapman uses her story, ‘Happy Harper Thursdays’, to explain to young kids why we can’t be with the people we love during the pandemic.

The book is part of a bigger series about emotions and addresses the pandemic, sadness and love.

Here are a few of Harper’s biggest tips:

  • Talk to children so they can understand - As you engage in these conversations, keep in mind your child’s age and development stage. Make sure you use words they understand and help them to identify their emotions.
  • Validate emotions - Allow your child to lead the discussion, validate his or her emotions, and show empathy.
  • Welcome a child’s questions - Encourage your children to ask questions about this year’s holidays and the ongoing pandemic.
  • Manage expectations - Make sure your children understand the situation is temporary.

To buy a copy of the book, click here.

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