Your Teenager’s Reaction to Social Distancing
Things are not always what they seem. The young adults in your life may be exhibiting some behaviors that have you at your wit’s end. I would encourage to look past the behavior your child is exhibiting to what is causing it and realize that it may just be your teenager’s reaction to social distancing.
As the helpful graphic above (from joyfulcourage.com) illustrates, teenagers who are acting out are likely experiencing the impact of social isolation. At a time in their lives where the influence of friends has likely surpassed the influence of family, we have asked these kids to stay in a confined space with….you guessed it…their family. While the time together may be welcome to parents who have missed having their “baby” around, it is taxing on these kids who would rather be doing normal teenage stuff (life hanging out with their friends).