Hi everyone! I’m delighted to introduce to you Robert F. DeFinis, Ed.D.
Robert is an educator and a writer who is tackling a topic of key relevance at this time – Coronavirus and how to communicate to your children the importance of washing your hands and the elements involved in social distancing. It’s hard enough for adults to change their behavior but one that is vital if we are to get this virus under control.
Please read on for his take on the difficulties involved, and the book he has written to help your children adapt.
Children normally rely on their parents for answers. It’s also common for parents to field some difficult questions, like “Why is the sky blue?” or “Where do babies come from?”. Regardless, we most often know the answers, or feel we can deliver a fair response with confidence. In the last six weeks we have had, collectively as a society, more questions than answers. The Coronavirus Pandemic has created a significant amount of stress for parents and caregivers. Overnight they have lost jobs, become teachers, dealt with personal loss, and have no answers to their own questions.
We can safely assume that if parents and caregivers are stressed, children are feeling the strain as well. They too have had their lives flipped upside down with the cancellation of school and activities, cooped up in the house, and not seeing loved ones for an extended period of time. In addition, there is a very serious subject that can’t be ignored with the Coronavirus – sickness and death! While we can try to shield children from the topic, the current situation puts it front and center. Therefore, parents might be searching for resources to assist with the conversation.
As an educator, I believe that the best way to introduce new ideas to children is to present the material in an engaging manner. Children are curious by nature. They thrive when we feed their brains with new information, but doing so in fun and creative way can really make it stick. Further, children are resilient. They seek to know how they can help, or make an impact. If we can empower them in times like this, we can possibly change behaviors and bad habits.
In How to Defeat the Icky, Filthy, Creepy, Slimy CORONA MONSTER!, my primary goal was to provide a meaningful story to introduce the importance of washing your hands, covering your cough and sneeze, and practicing social distance. While younger children have probably been guided to practice these positive habits, now they see that doing so keeps us healthy and possibly Coronavirus free. Putting the story in stanza helps to memorize these important steps as well.
The response to the story has been amazing because the message is universal. It’s hard to remember a time when the entire planet was battling the same issue. I think that’s an important lesson in itself. We are more alike than different, and we can rally together in order to overcome the most difficult issues when there is a collective mindset. Children are watching. They want to do their part. Let’s give them the information to make a difference.
Note: A portion of all sales will go to organizations supporting families negatively impacted by COVID-19.
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