With schools, parks, restaurants, cafes and malls all closed, teens are left to very little in terms of connecting. Most still have access with the internet and social media but not all and most definitely not all the time. The difficulty in this issue is that it is not the most important disruption and one that many adults would bock at due to its lack of importance in comparison to the major health, safety and financial issues effecting the world. However, a ‘minor’ disruption it may be but still a disruption. Being aware of this and VALIDATING your TEENAGE child's experience is still highly recommended. Staying connected to our friends may not be a top priority to most adults, it means everything in a TEENAGER'S world. Keeping communication lines open in general is important but allowing for TEENS to share their vulnerabilities with parents is critical. Helping your TEEN also recognize the feelings they may be experience with the loss of their social life and the adjustments they have to face is helpful for them to be able to move through this challenging time and learn ways to build their resiliency.
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