VIDEO: Dr. Marcia Anderson answers her kids' COVID-19 questions
Trying to explain a global pandemic to young children is a daunting task, especially when its realities have altered almost every aspect of their daily lives. Dr. Marcia Anderson, a First Nations Public Health Doctor based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has created a Facebook video demonstrating some of the tactics she’s using to discuss COVID-19 with her daughters Myla (9) and Makena (6).
Dr. Anderson answers her daughters’ questions with clear and concise explanations, using words and concepts within their grasp, while making room for them to express their own observations and feelings. The two admit to missing regular things like school, extracurricular activities, and playdates, and that they’re worried about their friends potentially getting sick. She then encourages the girls to focus on positivity by asking them each to name something good that’s come from spending more time at home. Asides from enjoying Zoom meetings with friends, Makena shares that she’s enjoying the extra time to work on crafts.
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