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April 22, 2020

It is developmentally appropriate for teens to prioritize interactions with their peers over their family, and in fact it is adaptive as far as managing stress and forming an identity. The crucial component of in-person socialization is impacted by shelter-in-place. There is more for these teens to worry about, and fewer outlets. What can you do to help? Support their autonomy as much as possible! Allow your teenager to have private time alone from the family where they can not be seen or heard (if possible) even if everyone is getting along. Also, hold firm on encouraging your teen to maintain a level of structure. And, ensure that they do not sleep more than they might during a normal weekend.

 

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