Goldie Hawn, 74, has spoken out about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting children’s mental health during an appearance on Sky News today. The actress, who is mum to Hollywood star Kate Hudson, 40, and actors Oliver Hudson, 43, and Wyatt Russell, 33, addressed the situation from her experiences of running her organisation MindUp, which aims to teach the skills and knowledge children need to regulate their stress and emotion.
Kurt Russell’s wife appeared on the programme via a live video link from her home in America and took the opportunity to issue a warning to parents to avoid “fighting” at home while families are in quarantine.
Goldie was interviewed by Mark Austin on the show, who began their conversation by saying: “Stress and anxiety among children must be at very high levels in this shutdown that you’re experiencing and many people are experiencing around the world, this sudden confinement.”
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The star explained in response: “Yes it is and what we’ve been trying to work on with children for all these years started after 9/11 and it was because our children are going to inherit the rust of this world.
“We have to make sure that we take care of their emotionality, to teach them.
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Goldie Hawn issues warning to parents amid children's coronavirus worries (Image: SKYNEWS•GETTY)
Goldie Hawn is married to Kurt Russell (Image: GETTY)
“So we’re teaching them about their brain and how it works and I want to share a bit about that today because we have a lot of research on this and it’s worked.”
Goldie went on to say parents need to “create an atmosphere for children” in spite of their own concerns about the virus.
She continued: “When we’re living in smaller quarters, one thing that I want our parents to know is that they too need to create an atmosphere for children.
“It’s very hard because our brain is on alert and when this is on alert we don’t think well, it sort of hijacks our thinking, it hijacks our ability to feel happy, it hijacks our ability to give our children what they deserve.
Goldie Hawn spoke about how the coronavirus pandemic is worrying children (Image: SKY NEWS)