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Like any parent, I have been worried about how my kids are coping with this whole coronavirus pandemic. It’s one thing to try to understand it as an adult, but it’s a whole other thing to make sense of it as a teenager. My twins are juniors in high school and had literally just begun their perspective sports seasons. My daughter had just made the varsity soccer team, and my son was about to start his outdoor track season. We also had several college tours set up, ACT testing dates on the calendar, their seventeenth birthdays, and prom just around the corner. Now, all of that has come to a screeching halt.
I’ve talked to so many parents of high school seniors who may not even be able to experience graduation, as well as parents of college students who’ve had to move back home indefinitely. For teenagers and young adults, social distancing is a REALLY hard concept to grasp. Their whole world centers around their friends, and now suddenly, that world has been cut off. Sure, they can still talk on their phones and even FaceTime, but we all know that just isn’t the same.
I can’t help but feel sad for the opportunities they’re missing and wonder if I’m doing all that I can to support them. So I reached out to a friend of mine who works for Haven Youth and Family Services, a local non-profit mental health agency. She sent me several links to articles that they use as resources for their clients and families. I will link them at the end of this post, but in reading through them, here are the main things I learned about how to support your teen:
Resources for teens:
Resources for adults (includes great meditation apps and resources):
Ideas for staying calm, family games, apps, reading material, homework help:
Additional free meditations:
Stay safe, friends & hang in there. We WILL get through this TOGETHER, one day at a time.
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