Everyone is feeling disappointment and frustration right now, and it is especially challenging for your teenager. Adolescence is not about hanging out with family all day and night every day with no end in sight. This age group now realizes how much freedom they felt going to school for hours a day, socializing and agonizing over the “normal and appropriate” things that teens get caught up in. Now what?
Different age children in different households need varying amounts of guidance. What works for a 10 year old is not going to work for 15 year old. Many have come to realize they need plans and plans and plans, and they have to “plan” for more. The relationship within the household has to shift, thoughtfully. This pandemic has our teenagers’ lives disrupted, their education is now more difficult to accomplish, and jobs they thought they would have after school or on weekends are gone.