The different ways kids are impacted by lockdown, and how we can help

It''s time be kind, and not put too much pressure on ourselves or our kids.

By Danielle Galvin

 A friend told me something this week that has really struck me.

She said, I wish people would stop saying how resilient kids are.

To pretend like young children are not greatly impacted, stressed about or at least conscious of Melbourne’s lockdown, is a farce.

My daughter has been having night terrors, waking more frequently than normal.

This is something quite normal, I read.

But for other parents I hear their children are tantrumming more, having more meltdowns, requesting more screen time.

We all cope in different ways which is true of children, too.

And the second lockdown is harder in a lot of ways.

With that in mind, here’s some helpful resources, tips and more.

The Black Dog Institute has some guidelines for talking about it:

  • Speak to kids calmly and openly. Try not to wrap them up in cotton wool but at the same time choose your words carefully. Saying that it is a ‘pandemic never seen before in our lifetimes’ does not help to calm your child.
  • Encourage them to ask questions.
  • Ask them to share with you what they know and what they are worried about. Agree with them if you have the same concerns but also offer reassurance and set up a plan to help deal or cope with that worry.
  • Reassure them it’s normal to be worried about the coronavirus and that most people feel a little concerned.


There’s also this helpful visual to show how kids might be coping

KIDS SADNESS ABOUT COVID-19 MAY LOOK LIKE: – anger – resisting the new order – tiredness – numbing out – displaced…Posted by Victorian Parents Council on Friday, August 14, 2020

UNICEF has put together a range of resources including; keeping family life harmonious, one-on-one time, keeping positive parenting.