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I don't want to give too much detail on internet. We're destitute family. My wife works in Brazil for higher pay. Wife and I are 60 years old. Why can't she just fly home?

(1) Home is 14 hours flight. She doesn't want to get COVID on plane. (2) Our country pays little salary. She couldn't find a job in our home country. Any job in our home country will pay much less.

Before COVID, wife flew home yearly on Christmas. Last time we all saw each other was over two years ago, Dec. 2019. But we Face Time daily. We record them.

I watch our 17 year old son and 15 year old daughter at home myself. Even though Mom Face Times us daily, kids get more worried, miserable, heart broken daily! Daughter cries every three days. Mom will take vaccine first chance she can in Brazil. But they're still afraid mom will get COVID and die, and they'll never see her personally again. Who knows if vaccines are useless against deadlier new variants?

What can I do? Is there statistic that make kids feel better?

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I wonder if pure logic and statistics will make them feel better. Few tips to help them

  • Spend more quality time with them.
  • Maybe they can have a bit of social life? Maybe their schooling and social life has also been disrupted, and is making them more worried. Being busy will take their mind off worrisome things, at least for a little bit.
  • You can mention to them how their mom is taking care of herself - (double?) masking, avoiding non-essential people and places, etc.

Also, do not deny their feelings. Empathize with them. Maybe you are also worried (a bit)? Show that you are also looking at the logical side so that you can be stronger.

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  • Thanks. "Maybe you are also worried (a bit)?" Yes I am. Mom is double masking...thanks for this advice! – user40884 Apr 2 at 21:23
  • You may be worrying a lot. I mean to say that show your worry a bit, but not a lot. – BoringPanda Apr 3 at 14:09

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