How to have a kōrero
Explain what is happening and how it may affect your whānau
Spend time listening to how your kids are feeling. Explain what you and others are doing to keep them safe.
Keep things simple and listen
Use simple, short words so they can understand what you are saying. Answer questions, and provide comfort and support.
Be a role model
Try and be calm even when you're not feeling it. Don’t be afraid to get help if you think you need it.
Be open and honest
Find the latest, factual information on the Unite Against COVID-19 website. If you don't know the answer yourself, it's okay to tell them that.
Talk about healthy habits
Think about different ways to share thoughts
Sometimes tamariki might find it easier to draw a picture, or write down their thoughts. Hear Tamati Ellison talk about how he gives his children a method to openly share how they're feeling.
Coronavirus explained for kids
Teaching your children handwashing
How soap destroys coronavirus
Posters for your whānau from Protect our Whakapapa
You may also find these resources from Protect our Whakapapa useful:
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