5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus

As we continue to focus on supporting quarantined teens today, here’s some information that can be useful in helping them to manage the anxiety they (and each of us) are feeling. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html?fbclid=IwAR3cej7ccRGAJ8ogXMvLJPYVz9N-0NYbpApx44NY0m5Vl3mMqhiaS47iaFE

Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters

Empathizing with their feelings, making space for relief, allowing time for connecting socially through digital media, be considerate of requests for alone time, and engaging their help in problem-solving family needs can go a long way in helping teens during the shelter in place. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/well/family/coronavirus-covid-teenagers-teens-parents-kids-family-advice.html?fbclid=IwAR3nxAfdVGJQcaGRzqL2qGrszct2eLR1DuzyiarLVm8hL0FELrZ6ZAnWD2s

The Impact of Covid-19 on High School Students

Today, our focus is on helping teens during the shelter in place. This article can help us all to be more aware and understanding of what teens are experiencing during this time. It also provides some helpful suggestions. https://www.childandadolescent.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-high-school-students/?fbclid=IwAR0badIogJJAaXIsP3B-nbCRCz0EDB_fL9gNgCfdvl-klR-QYaV5rkqjjvs

Why Stillness is Crucial to Your Brain During This Pandemic

Do your best to carve out a few minutes every day to do nothing, just be quiet and present with your thoughts. If you do this, it can help you to better regulate your emotions and be more creative, productive, and healthy. https://whyy.org/segments/why-stillness-is-crucial-for-your-brain-during-this-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR1woVkPPPvnY0cNKO-j1Q2eTYMQO9GGMmp_atUVCO2Cw2JAsKMttA_3vO4

How to Help Teens Handle the Loss of Proms and Graduations

In addition to the suggestions in this article for ways to grieve what is lost, help each other find new, creative ways to celebrate important milestones. We’ve seen people host virtual parties, arrange drive-by celebrations, and create elaborate props/settings in their own yards. We can still celebrate even when the celebrations are not traditional. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_help_teens_handle_the_loss_of_proms_and_graduations?fbclid=IwAR1PUQg5OtjDko4L_xrdeAw-t1fprPvZKlJAV9tvg8kdBuO0Je1DscHGfag

At Playtime, Your Own Backyard Might Beat the Local Playground

Looks like play in unstructured settings may be more beneficial than structured playgrounds, leading to improved mood, concentration, and behavior. Ditch the playground equipment and go explore the backyard or an empty field to see these benefits while also maintaining physical distancing. https://www.edutopia.org/article/playtime-open-fields-and-trees-beat-seesaws-and-monkey-bars

How Parents Can Help Their Kids While Managing Distance Learning

Their points include: start with fun, build a routine, trust the teachers, when stumped turn it over to the teachers, take frequent 10 minute walks (without a phone), both parents take responsibility for student learning, remember to wait for answers, stifle your own perfectionism, reinforce positively, and keep it low-key. https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/55621/how-parents-can-help-their-kids-while-managing-distance-learning?fbclid=IwAR19fvv4dHTu32CzblyXKScmONNiPAyY16QmVuXVKBPIm9O1mDPbT-e5wW0