Puberty and a pandemic: Why teens are having a tough time

Being homebound for weeks at a time isn’t exactly fun for anyone — but for teenagers who’ve suddenly had their friends and social life stripped away by the pandemic, it’s been particularly rough.

Imagine beginning to enjoy your hard-earned freedom when suddenly it isn’t just worried parents trying to reel you in — it’s the entire country?

The teen years may be brief, but they are an incredibly important and unique time in a person’s life; sweet freedom, new friendships, all-encompassing romances and taking steps toward adulthood are intoxicating — and to have that process shut down suddenly for a global pandemic is jarring! Raise your hand if celebrating Mother’s Day also included having a spat with your adolescent offspring? If not, it’s probably because they haven’t woken up yet. 

Teens need help from parents, even if parents don’t have answers

As we heard from Premier John Horgan earlier this week, there will soon be opportunities for a bit more interaction, and people will have to make informed and cautious choices about how they choose to see family and friends. While some parents have already been more relaxed and willing to give their teens more permission to socialize, teenagers aren’t always capable of fully understanding the consequences of their actions, and that can lead to them making choices that will ultimately make this phase of isolation far longer.

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