A father is warning fellow parents not to spend too much time discussing the coronavirus pandemic around very young children.
Greg Hughes, a father-of-two from Perth, Australia, had been talking about the topic a lot at home, but was shocked to discover just how much his young daughter, Olivia, had taken his words on board.
The dad found a preparation sheet in his eight-year-old daughter’s room, listing all the ways she was getting ready to face coronavirus.
He shared a snap of the A4 document on his Facebook page, saying: “This is the reason why I need to stop talking quite so much about pandemics and the coronavirus part two – the eight-year-old edition.”
Olivia’s sheet features a preparation checklist, which says she needs to “stock up”, “try not to touch face”, “don’t go in other people’s rooms too much” and “try and be a metre away from everyone”.
Underneath this, she’d added a list of her hobbies that she could keep doing to occupy herself, such as drawing and writing stories and shared a heartbreaking admission about everything that’s going on.
She said: “I feel a bit scared and fine as well, but I always feel better when I think no kid has died from it. But they should give us some days off if it cuts into [our] holidays.”
While Greg was concerned by his daughter’s preparation list, he did also say he was “proud” of her for making the list.
He added: “We have had some really adult conversations about the current situation and every time she encounters something she doesn’t understand or that makes her feel uncomfortable we sit down and talk through it together.”
Many fellow parents praised him for how he is handling these tough times with his children.
One person commented: “An amazing testament to how well you’ve done to prepare her without causing panic – can you do a FB live session or Youtube video and explain this to the ‘adults’ who aren’t handling this with as much grace and common sense as what your daughter is displaying.”
Another replied: “Nice and thought out, better prepped than some adults.”
A third added: “It sounds like this was actually really good for her to do. She was able to feel in control by making a list herself, and jotting down her feelings.”