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We told our boys (8,6 and almost 4) that there is a new virus going around and that it might make some people very very sick, but that it doesnt make everyone very sick. We explained that we might get it too but that we probably wouldn't get to terribly sick if we do get it . We had the flu or flu like illness in January so we told them if our immediate family got sick it might be like that (watch videos and eat chicken soup for days in a row). They understand we're staying home to slow the spread of the virus for the sake of people who might get very very sick. As far as explaining hygiene, I had already been training them to "scrub in" for surgery as my husband likes to call it. So I told them that's its even more important to do a good job now. I have a silly song I made up that actually tells what part of the hand to wash as you go. If we sang something unrelated to handwashing, my kids will stand there and sing the abc's and do nothing with the soap on their hands for the whole alphabet. We all have allergies and this is our worst season so to help cut down on face touching and nose picking, I convinced them to try saliene nasal spray. They don't like the feeling but it definitely helps cut down on those offenses.
My children know that there is a virus going around and that we are trying to be careful. As far as hygiene I’ve always kept onto them to wash hands, be careful of what you touch, no shoes worn in the house, etc. Now, every time I remind them about washing their hands they say, “Oh, because you don’t want us to catch the Coronavirus, right?” And I’m like, “No, you have dirt on your hands from playing outside. It’s just good hygiene to wash before you eat.”
I'm not sure where to begin.