As many teenagers prepare to start school from home again this fall, there may be some added frustration that comes from extra time with family during the pandemic and less time with their friends. It's not easy giving up school, work, and activities and seeing friends.
If you are running into conflicts at home with your teen, here are some tips that may help ease some of the tension:
- Set up a daily schedule to decrease conflict, because everyone knows the expectations
- Get your teens to help create the schedule, and be as general or specific as needed
- Schedule chores before fun
- Post the schedule because teens do great with structure and visuals
- Reward your teens for sticking to the schedule
- Take advantage of being together and have consistent family activities such as movie night, game night or going for walks, to create a balanced life.
- Practice and teach self-care to manage stress. Teens can try yoga, art, gardening or other activities. But remember that self-care is as important for parents as it is for teens. Don’t forget that you’re modeling for your teen how to be a healthy adult.
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