“Coronavirus” containment: what effects on children?

“Coronavirus” containment: what effects on children?

With home confined of contact and the outdoors. Psychological advice to help us overcome this difficult time.

Being confined to the house with your children: what consequences for them?
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The current situation forces us to stay at home, on sick leave or telecommuting, due to the coronavirus epidemic. For almost everyone, confinement is a new experience, which leads us to create new relationshipall of us that this cons with our children, deprived of school and leisure. For them as for us the situation is new. It is important for finement goes as smoothly as possible.

Containment: Effects on Children

Families, like children, are not all equal when confined! Garden or not, apartment with or without balcony, small or large area: it goes without saying that the situations are different.

Depending on their age, children will also approach the situation differently. If infants are the least affected by the situation, toddlers and older adults can suffer from this sharply reduced horizon. “In addition, time for children does not pass in the same way. A period of 4 weeks may seem like an eternity to them, ”said clinical psychologist Cécile Rubenthaler.

"Very early on, children become aware of the changes that are taking place in their daily lives. Confinement can cause them anxiety, anger or even phobias or trauma if it is not managed well by the parents, "explains Elisabeth Spertino, therapist and school teacher.

First consequences of confinement: lack of socialization with other children. Which, if they attend a nursery or kindergarten, is a huge life change. No longer going to class, no longer playing in the yard, no longer finding friends ... all aspects of the socialization of the young child disappear overnight. If possible, offer your child

to find their best friends via FaceTime, for example, to keep a minimum of contact.

“Parents have a key role to play in periods of confinement” - Cécile Rubenthaler

The positive attitude of parents: a guarantee of serenity
"Family harmony depends on parental management of confinement," warns Cécile Rubenthaler. An opinion shared by therapist
For her, it is also necessary not to hide the truth from children. “You have to explain to them why they have to stay at home, very clearly,  Elisabeth Spertino. “In close and exclusive connection with their parents, the children absorb their emotions and their apprehensions of grown-ups. It is therefore crucial for the parental couple, or one or other of the parents, to work on their own stress and not to transmit it. "

while reassuring the situation, simple and concrete, adapted to their age, the parents offer a framework of explanations which reassures the child.

m. From 2 to 3 years old, they are old enough to integrate information, "she adds. The uncertainty of children can, in fact, be a source of nightmares and reinforce emotional fragility. By putting words on the

Tightening the links: the advisability of confinement

"This period of withdrawal can be an opportunity for the whole family," says Cécile Rubenthaler. Which ? "That of recreating or creating a bond with your children, of teaching them things that they do not do at school or in the nursery. To feed each other! ", Continues the psychologist.

Failing to offer screens to children all day long to occupy them, the experts give some clues ... "For example, to fight against inactivity, if you don't have an outside, create a psychomotor course in your living room with cushions and everything you have available ”, suggests Cécile Rubenthaler. Creative activities, of course, will also be a good way to keep the kids occupied. Plan to fill up with scissors, glue sticks, paint, and all the necessary equipment in your next races!

We can also plan a collective activity such as singing or a yoga session, without forgetting the school activities, which continue. “Varying the days and their content is very important. But beware, children also need benchmarks. Even in the event of confinement, it is important to make them respect a certain routine which will prepare them for a return to “normal”, she concludes.

In all cases, parents should remain alert to the impact that confinement can have on their children. If your child is very worried, is no longer sleeping, or seems particularly anxious during this period of confinement, it is important to help him. "If your child has more severe problems that are exacerbated by confinement, don't hesitate to seek help from a psychology professional through teleconsultation," says Elisabeth Spertino.


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