It’s 2022 and, as we’ve already learned a zillion times over, the pandemic continues to be lose-lose-lose for parents. (Between the school closures and the childcare pressures and the lack of clarity on everything, it’s a lot.) But now, thanks to Omicron—and the scary similarities to March 2020—we’re fed up. And stressed to the max. But as we manage our own anxiety, there’s another group trying to temper it all: Our kids.
Yes, they’ve been here before, too. And yes, they’re armed with some of the same tools that we are—masks, access to a vaccine if they’re at least 5 years old, hand sanitizer. (Remember when it felt like it was forever sold out?) But Omicron is so much more disruptive than previous variants that it’s created a roller coaster of routine changes and it’s impossible not to notice. Classroom shutdowns? Confusing quarantine rules? The quick end to indoor playdates? Yeah, this hasn’t been lost on your children.
And bottom line: They’re feeling anxious and afraid, just like us.
So, what can you say to help them go through it? Dr. Mirela Loftus, psychiatrist and clinical director for Newport Healthcare, explains that the most reassuring words you can offer are: I’m worried, too, but we will get through this together.