You spent the last 18 months obsessively telling your kids to wash their hands, wear their masks and cover their mouths when they cough. And your children aren’t idiots—they’ve seen you watching the news and overheard you talking to other parents about COVID-19. Not to mention the multiple antigen and PCR tests they’ve had to take recently. In other words, your kids may not know exactly what’s going on, but they definitely know that there’s a virus out there called COVID and it’s something you don’t want to get.
But, after more than a year of telling your child that it’s basically the worst thing ever, you could still find yourself in the tricky position of having to inform them that they’ve tested positive. First of all: Deep breaths—you will get through this. Secondly, how the heck are you supposed to relay this news? We tapped a psychiatrist and family physician for their advice on how to talk to your child about what’s going on (without totally freaking them out).