Parenting has always been tough. But now that we are in the middle of a pandemic, the feelings of fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home have made it even tougher.
In these times of uncertainty, it is normal for children to rely on their parents for both physical and emotional support. And one thing that parents can always do is to keep an open line of communication with their children to help them ease their worries. But sometimes, even a parent could find it hard to explain to their children what is happening right now. (Read: 5 Daily Prayers to Teach to Your Children)
Luckily, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), an organization that aims to help children, has recently released the animated film My Hero is You and an e-book entitled Cope Covid-19 to help kids get through the pandemic.
My Hero is You
The animated film My Hero is You is created by Stanford Medicine’s Maya Adam and her team. It is an adaptation of the storybook My Hero is You, How Kids Can Fight COVID-19! which was released by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and other organizations in April.
The 6-minute film follows the story of a girl named Sara and a cute creature called Ario who traveled around the world to tell children how to stay safe and protected from COVID-19. The animation also helps children navigate their feelings during these dark times.
Cope Covid-19, on the other hand, is an e-book aimed primarily at children aged 5 to 10 years old. It is a project created by Hong Kong-based children’s author Martha Keswick along with Mariko Jesse and Timothy Sim. The book contains tips and valuable lessons about staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read: Jennylyn Mercado’s Tips To Easing Your Child’s Worries Amid ‘New Normal’)
The ebook is actually a part of the COPE Disaster Series, which aims to share information on how to increase the disaster resilience of children around the world, especially those who live in remote and marginalized areas.
The series follows the lives of four orphaned children, Candy, Ollie, Ping, and Eddy under the guidance of Grand Mistress Fu. Calling themselves “the COPE squad,” the group embark on different journeys of discovery and resilience into the world of disasters.
With the crisis that’s been happening right now, keeping an open line of communication with your children can always go a long way. And of course, never underestimate the value of prayers and what it can teach to young children! As Lolo Kiko says, “To be friends with God means to pray with simplicity, like children talking to their parents.”