Don’t Pass Your Pandemic Panic to the Kids

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — A disease outbreak can be scary for many people, but fear and uncertainty can really harm a child’s growth as well. `Most of Wisconsin’s kids are going to be home from school and handling how to both deal with the COVID-19 outbreak and the sudden amount of free time they have. UW-Madison psychology professor Travis Wright says it’s best to focus on what people can do to help each other in a crisis, rather than on the crisis itself. “These kinds of opportunities are moments that we can frame for children how to think about the world.” Wright says that giving kids a gloom and doom vision of the world without a good way to frame it so that they have some way to control or help things is a good way to foster bad mental habits into the future. `

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