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How to help your teenager staying home during the extended lockdown period

Posted onPosted on 27th Apr

Children’s charity Barnardo’s knows a thing or two about teenagers and with the news that the lockdown has been extended for at least another three weeks it is offering some useful advice online for parents.

Children and young people have told the charity the reasons that they are struggling with lockdown include missing social contact and peer support, getting away from family arguments and having too much focus on school work.

Developing independence and freedom is one of the central parts of being a teenager as they are much more focussed on living for today, having fun, testing boundaries and exploring their identity than they are following rules – and this explains why they might find lockdown so hard.

As well as identifying the struggles and what doesn’t help, the online support includes advice on how to approach any problem areas and how parents and carers can support teenagers, along with a list of things that might help. It also provides information of other organisations that can offer more support.

Steve Oversby, director for Barnardo’s North, said: “If you’re struggling to keep a teenager in the house and sticking to lockdown rules you are definitely not alone.

“Each child is an individual and it’s important that you listen to the things they are struggling with the most and adapt things within the home, as best you can and are able to, to help them manage their responses.

“Most importantly, please remember that you are not failing as a parent it doesn’t mean your child is failing either. This is a difficult time for everyone, and there will be many other parents finding it difficult. Remember, it’s not going to last forever and we will get through this.”

For further information about Coronavirus, you can visit the charity’s Coronavirus Advice Hub which has articles and links for both adults and young people dealing with mental health, family activities, wellbeing and more. ​​​​​