The turning point has been made. Last weekend a year has passed since first case of an Italian patient with coronavirus. It was a difficult, complicated year that brought us together a lot but also tested our energy. At the forefront of this complicated situation were the children: first at home from kindergartens and schools, without having the opportunity to see grandparents, friends. Now with a presumed normality that in any case has nothing to do with what their life was like before 2020. But how to find adequate words to restore trust and hope to children in this pandemic situation? This podcast is answered by Dr. Pamela Pace, psychoanalyst and president of the Pollicino Association and the Onlus Parent Crisis Center.
“Indeed, even the children had to deal with their children effects of the sudden metamorphosis of their life due to the coronavirus and the subsequent regulations related to the different areas “explains Dr. Pace.” Red, orange, yellow and white: this disorganization in their lives has certainly upset their daily habits and their days “.
However there are two aspects to keep in mind according to the psychotherapist: “Children they do not exist as a universal and then each child learns from his own family. So these effects and also the appropriate words to restore trust and hope to these children depend on how that father, that mother, those parents, those grandparents have lived and are experiencing the present as well as the past. And how they imagine the future “.
In the clinical experience of the doctor, many children have shown great strength and have taught grown-ups to experience as a family what presented us adults as a stranger and frightening. Among the phrases often said to the doctor by the children during their sessions: “Finally at home with mum and dad” but also “I had a great time”.
To conclude: “I think it is always very important especially with regard to young people to instill hope and believe in the ability of adults to guarantee children the realization of their projects, the satisfaction of their interests and also our ability to be able to and offer them a suitable and adequate future “.