Helping teens in lockdown

Another month has slipped past; life as we knew it, is but a distant memory and the unrelenting tedium of queuing, household chores and home schooling makes many of us feel like we are all living our very own version of Groundhog Day.

There has, however, been some respite recently, with the announcement that we can now hold meet ups outside our household and for the first time in what seems like forever, my teenage daughter lit up like a Christmas tree at the news.

The option to get out of the house and to escape to a public space with friends for some distance socialising externally has suddenly become the highlight of her life (and ours actually!)  It may not be what we were used to but for now it will just have to do.  Hanging out with friends has certainly taken on a whole new dimension.

The short and long term impact of Covid-19 on all aspects of our lives has been debated tirelessly and will no doubt rumble on for some time to come, but the phrase “It’s our young people I feel sorry for!” is one that seems to dominate many a cross generational conversation on those worst hit.

Our selection of parenting posts for this month’s round-up reflects this sentiment with a mixture of opinion pieces on the consequences of life in lockdown for our teens, as well as practical tips to support them.  I hope they will not only give you food for thought but inspiration for the journey ahead.

The month of May hosted Mental Health Awareness week.  In my own post Kindness Matters to our Mental Health I highlight the widely reported impact of the forced restrictions of lockdown on the mental health of our tweens and teens; the important role we have to play as parents in being ever vigilant and the support that is available from a range of charitable foundations for those that need it.

Staying on the subject of mental health, Helen of Actually Mummy fame, released a bonus episode to her Teenage Kicks podcast focusing on a programme developed by a teenage mental health expert to help parents support their children in lockdown quickly and effectively with recognised CBT techniques.  All are 10 minute bite-size hacks and the episode is well worth a listen.

Why Older Teenagers are Lockdown Casualties is the focus of the latest post from Emma as she expresses her concerns on the impact this self-isolation will have upon their independence as well as their educational progression.  These are subjects close to all our hearts I know and unfortunately come with a deepening sense of frustration.

Liberty has penned a very reflective post Parenting on the Seesaw of Sound about the challenges of getting the balance right as a parent in lockdown, keeping our tweens and teens occupied together as much as possible with minimal solo screen time and maintaining a peaceful household as the days roll on with little variation.  It’s a tough one!

Of course keeping teens busy in lockdown is a recurring theme and as the months roll on with little hint of a full return to normal activities, any new ideas on what to do are welcome.  Michelle at Mummy From The Heart has compiled a wonderful list of 20 Movies to Inspire & Entertain Teenagers During Lockdown.  It’s something we have done in our family and I have now added a few of Michelle’s ideas to our list.

Last but by no means least, Sarah shares her family’s concentrated efforts at Keeping Fit and Active in Lockdown which should certainly inspire anyone who has perhaps not fully embraced the Joe Wicks exercise mentality so characteristic of the pandemic.

Writing has become a solace for many in lockdown and I have loved the variety of posts from our Britmums readers.  Do please keep sharing them with us as you write, [email protected]

Keep safe and take care dear readers.

Until next time.

Much love 

Jo xx

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About Joanne Gray

Jo is a freelance writer and blogger at Mother of Teenagers. Previously a PR consultant for 20 years, Jo lives with her husband and two teens in London, whilst harboring a desire to return to the coast . Jo’s blog is a glimpse at the reality of parenting during the secondary school years and beyond, as well as comment and opinion on the issues and challenges teenagers face growing up. Jo also enjoys writing about a range of topics related to midlife and her own experiences of this secondary life stage. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @motherofteensuk.

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