Social restrictions continue to be an issue due to Covid-19. Some experts, including this one, are predicting that restrictions will get worse before it gets better. Some teens are not equipped to deal with this new normal. Telling them they cannot hang out with or see their friends has likely ended in conflict.
Important things to remember when talking about social distancing with your Teen:
Tips to having conversations with your teen’s about social distancing:
Lastly, if your teen is struggling to understand why your restrictions may be stricter than compared to others, let them express their frustrations. The reality is it isn’t fair that not everyone is following the same set of rules, so let them feel unjustified. When they are ready to hear it, explain your thoughts and concerns openly with them. And don’t be afraid to teach the bigger life lessons, like for sacrificing for the greater good or selflessness.
Amanda Be, LMSW, MBA is owner and counselor at Supportive Counseling Services in Grosse Pointe, MI. Amanda has been a practicing clinical social worker since 2005. She is passionate about helping others lead happier, more successful lives through her private practice, advocacy and volunteer work. Amanda’s main objective is to support others during life’s challenges and hopes these blogs will help. She writes and speaks on topics for parents, counselors and educators.