Helping Your Teens Cope with COVID-19 Changes
Many things have changed for our children during this pandemic, online learning has become something that each student is dealing with. Children no longer have after school or competitive sports that they enjoyed participating in. They also aren’t able to be spending time with their friends. Many are also missing out on important high school milestones such as proms and graduations. How are they coping with all of these changes?
It’s important that as we cope with these changes that we also sit down with our teens and realize that they too are trying to cope with changes as well. As parents we must talk to them and be aware of the struggles they are facing and come up with ideas to help them migrate through this time. They now have a lot more free time on their hands, and might be trying to get out of the house, but it’s important that they stay inside, where it’s safe, at home. Try some of these activities to help keep them connected to both you, and their friends.
- If you can get outside safely as a family, keeping 6ft away from others, go for walks or bike rides
- Set them up on Zoom (if they’re not already on for school) to video with friends or other family members
- Find local online workout videos to help keep them active, or get them active if they weren’t already
- Set up new responsibilities, maybe take turns preparing family meals
- Help them create a blog or a video blog of life during quarantine
Remember, we are all in this together, and they need you to be calm and listen to them, especially now. Let them know that this won’t be forever, and that there are many good and exciting things to look forward to!