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While many young children may be handling the shut down relatively well, we are hearing from our partners that teens and young adults are a group that continues to have a difficult time. Many teens have had major milestones like graduation and prom cancelled, and seeing friends in person has also been difficult. Because of this, tensions may be high in homes with teens right now. If you are still having trouble bridging this gap with your teen, especially as things begin to open back up, here are a few resources and tips that may be helpful:
- First, it is important to acknowledge that this has been hard and it may continue to be difficult.
- Get your teen’s input on what the summer may look like. What are some things they want to accomplish? Boredom has been a big problem among teens who have suddenly felt their world’s come to a screeching halt. Making a realistic plan for what they want to do this summer may help to curb some of that boredom. The University of Vermont Extension has also had some great material for teens related to planning for the future.
- If you are still having trouble, it may be a good idea to get a professional to help. Getting on a telehealth call with your teen’s primary care physician may be helpful for all of you to hear from a health expert about how to be safe. The Vermont Department of Health also has more mental health resources for children, teens, and young adults.
Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Join the Upper Valley Aquatic Center for Movement Monday workouts!
- We will likely be having more stay at home meals this summer. Here are some great dishes to keep things fresh!
- These tips can help give you some peace of mind as we move forward with reopening.
- If you haven’t tried some nature scavenger hunts this could be a great way to get you and your kids outside!
- Vermont State Parks will be open on June 26th! Please check out the Vermont State Parks website to learn more.
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