Pandemic Parenting: How Do I Explain Why We're Staying Home?

SMS
Pandemic Parenting: How Do I Explain Why We're Staying Home?
As if parenting weren't challenging enough, the coronavirus pandemic has raised 1,000 new, unprecedented questions.
SHOW TRANSCRIPT

As if parenting weren't challenging enough, the coronavirus pandemic has raised 1,000 new, unprecedented questions. 

We asked the experts: How do I explain to my teens we're staying home despite what their friends may do? 

“Having a conversation with them about why they should do the things that we’re telling him to do: wear the mask, wash your hands for 20 seconds, things like that," said Dr. Dontal Johnson, a pediatrician in Nashville. "Then also explaining that some people don't understand how dangerous this virus is, and that they're not trying to harm anybody. They're not trying to hurt anybody. They just feel a different way. “

“Not all parents have the same access to the same information I have," said parenting expert and author Rosina McAlpine. "Not all parents have the same beliefs that I have. But because you're my child, and I'm responsible for you, we have to do it our way so that we can stay safe as a family."

“If you speak to them on an adult-to-adult level, almost, they appreciate that if you appreciate their maturity and don't just say, 'You can't do it,'" said Dr. Roxanne Allegretti, a pediatrician in Virginia. "Then they're less likely to rebel if they've been involved in the decision-making and if they're really understanding the reasoning behind it.”