So Your Teen Doesn’t Want to Talk About the Coronavirus Pandemic

My guys and their Dad.

And how are they on Day Seven of self-isolation, do you ask? “Fine” mostly. Sometimes “good.” And occasionally “hungry” or “tired.” That doesn’t mean there aren’t more emotions and thoughts beneath the surface, but until they decide to share, those emotions and thoughts are theirs.

Allowing our teens to experience this through their own lens with their peers with our support is one of the most powerful ways we can help them cope.

But beware of the mandated “forced family fun.” While that can help bring families together when our teens are everywhere but home, during self-isolation that family fun can feel like too much pressure. The more we can foster their autonomy and healthy choices, the less we will find ourselves in that dreaded parental habit: nagging.

Trust that sincere and genuine questions may lead to sincere and genuine exchanges when your teens are ready.

consciousness guide • sexologist • passion catalyst • pleasure mystic • author: Unlearn Moderation, Body 2.0, and Ischemia • kristahaapala.com

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