Talking to them
The limited freedom at the moment may be particularly hard on teenagers. Not being able to see their friends might make them feel lonely and isolated. It’s important to let them know that you’re there to talk to them about what’s going on. We have some advice on talking to your children about coronavirus to help you.
You might find your teenager is spending more time online. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Social media has been a lifeline for many teenagers letting them connect with their friends, have fun, and support each other. We have some information on online safety and how to help your children use the internet safely way.
Even if they weren’t too upset when the schools first closed, they may be beginning to worry about the impact it could have on their future. They might be particularly worried if they had exams cancelled. Reassure them that everyone is in the same boat, and that any work or revising they have already done was not wasted. Young Minds has a great page that may help your child with any uncertainties or anxiety.
Dealing with conflict
You and your teenager might get on great, but being together for weeks on end could be difficult. Don’t beat yourself up if arguments happen. Just try to appreciate that this is as difficult for them as it is for you. The Young Scot website has some useful information to help your child deal with conflict here.
Having a routine is just as important for teenagers as it is for younger children. Going to bed at the same time and keeping mealtimes around the same time is a good way of bringing some structure into the day. Exercise is important for everyone’s mental health, even teenagers. Here is some advice on how to help keep them active.