For some parents, online learning has completely removed the morning battle to get our teens to wake up and get out the door for the 7:30 a.m. start time. But at the same time, online learning also has taken away the entire social aspect of middle school and high school and some teenagers are struggling to deal with that.
Our guest blogger today, Jenna Sherman of Parent-leaders.com, offers some much-needed guidance for helping our teenagers cope with school life during a pandemic.
Here’s Jenna’s advice:
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in school closures that affected over 1 billion students nationwide. Now that the school year has begun, it may be hard for your teen to get back into the swing of things in this strange new normal. There are some strategies you can use to help your teen adjust
For teens who actually are able to return to campus for in-person learning, instill the need to be guarded and germ-free to prevent the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
- Send your teens to school with effective disinfectant wipes.
- Talk to your kids about the importance of wearing masks at school.
- Drive your kids to school instead of having them take the bus.
- Learn how to keep COVID-19 out of your home with a regular deep cleaning.
For teens learning at home, encourage your teen to stay positive and committed to school.
- Establish a daily routine with your kids to ensure they prioritize school work over other activities.
- If your teens are struggling, find an online tutor who can support their learning.
- Help your teens get ready for college and improve their chances of admission to their choice school by seeking outside help.
In-person or distance learning
Teens can be particularly vulnerable to anxiety and depression during times of stress like these. Try to be mindful of their mental health.
- Pay attention to behavioral changes that could indicate your child is struggling with their mental health.
- Give your teens room to talk about their feelings without judgement.
- Teach your kids healthy coping behaviors to manage stress.
- Encourage your kids to pick up a new hobby to fill their free time until school reopens.
- Parents can find support and more tips at the Raising Teens Blog!
Returning to school after the coronavirus lockdown definitely feels much different than the typical end to summer break. Teachers, students, and parents are facing MUCH more stress than normal as everyone strives to navigate the changes brought on by the pandemic.
One day, we will look back at this pandemic and appreciate how resilient it made our teens. Now, we just need to get through it!