Keeping teens home and away from friends during COVID-19

by Fitcoachion | Last Updated: April 14, 2020

Making sure that teens stay away from their friends during the COVID-19 pandemic is not always easy — for reasons that are not really their fault. They are in absolutely the worst developmental stage for this, because

So just telling a teen to stay inside and away from friends isn’t always as easy as it seems. But during this pandemic, hanging out with friends can literally put lives at risk.

How to handle pushback from teens and encourage social distancing

Here’s what parents should do if they get pushback from their teens about staying home:

If none of this works, reach out for help. Parenting takes a village sometimes, particularly in desperate times like these. Your child’s doctor may be able to help you figure out next steps.

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