Today, as I sit at my desk sending out emails and autographing books to get in the mail, I have the news on in the background. Regardless of the channel, talk about COVID-19 Coronavirus disease is inescapable. Even though I pride myself for being the calm in the center of a storm, it’s impossible not to feel afraid, if not for myself, then for my 86-year-old mother, my husband, my children and grandchildren.
Staying informed is key, but when I see pictures and videos of grown-ups emptying retailer’s shelves of toilet paper, I can’t help wondering what children must be thinking. With so many unexpected changes happening all around them, from cancellation of large events to potential school closings, how do they begin to process this viral outbreak? Do they panic in private relying upon images they see on social media, which is not always a good barometer, or do they go to their parents for the answers they need?
I think it incumbent upon parents to take proactive measures by talking to their children about what’s going on and then appropriately answering their questions. You don’t do them any favors by hiding your concerns, but you can use your own personal fears to educate them as to what’s being done and how they can do their part to help stop the spread of the disease.
Knowledge is power, and I always feel better in control whenever I know what’s happening and what’s being done about it. I can’t help feeling like humanity is being tested. Response by those in control is being measured daily. Our nation has the best and the brightest working on this global pandemic, but we are also being measured as human beings.
Are we pulling together as a nation, or distancing ourselves. Are we finally going to try and heal this divide, or are we going to cement it forever? Before you answer that question please remember, our children are depending on us, we mustn’t let them down.
According to the World Health Organization:
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About the Author
Joy Metzer worked as a professional interior designer for more than twenty-five years, spearheading projects both nationally and abroad, while cultivating an audience for her writing through several book publications and a successful online blog under her former name, Joyce M. Stacks. Though no stranger to real life portrayals intended to enrich the lives of her readers, this is her first effort at writing a children’s chapter book loosely based upon the private life she shares with her husband. She attended both the University of Utah and Texas Christian University and currently resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to be near her family, as well as in Lead Hill with her husband, Bill.