It’s completely natural if our children are feeling scared or worried at the moment. They finished school on March 12th, expecting to be going back again soon. Instead, we have had to tell them that they won’t be going back to school for the rest of this academic year. Their life as they know it changed overnight and they are missing their friends and teachers.
It is vital we talk to them and help them understand how they are feeling. Their feelings are important, they are valid. Children may need assurance that it is okay to feel sad sometimes, that it is a normal reaction to what is going on in their lives.
We need to reassure them that we are there for them and to explain to them that this time will pass. They will see the people they are missing again soon.
It may help to have a list of positive activities pinned to the fridge. The simplest of things that you know your children enjoy, that you know will cheer them up when they are feeling a little sad.
This list is very adaptable, change it to suit you and your circumstances. I hope it is helpful. We can often, all of us, be guilty of expecting too much from our little people. They are feeling all of this too.