Author: Dr. Kim Edwards, Ph.D. C.Psych.

MY CHILD NEEDS TO WEAR A MASK TO SCHOOL? Are you kidding?!

By Kim Edwards, PhD, C PsychClinical and Health Psychologist You’ve just heard that your child needs to wear a mask in order to return to school. Your child is freaking out. You are stressed and wondering, “how am I ever going to prepare my child, within the next 2 weeks, for wearing a mask to school for 8 hours a day?!” To all the parents and caregivers navigating this challenging situation, these tips and tricks are for you. Remember: Masks are only recommended for children over two years of age. 1. Explain why it is important to wear a masks Use language children can understand to explain the concept of germ such as:  “Germs are special to our body…some are good and some are bad. The bad ones can make us sick. Since we do not always know which germs are good or bad, wearing a mask can help make sure we keep any bad germs away from our body.” “Wearing masks will help keep others and us safe. “Discuss how mask wearing is a current rule (similar to other rules – e.g., wearing shoes when we go outside)Show your child pictures of other children wearing masks.Validate frustrations with mask wearing 2. Be a Mask Role Model Show your...