Coping with Children

We are all going through this very unusual period. Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawn, angry or agitated. If you or your children are feeling worried, learning how to deal with that anxiety in a healthy way can help the whole family be more resilient, both now and when the pandemic is finally over. You can read more articles about coping with children during this period below.

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Adolescents and Parents and Vice Versa

an article by Daniela Şerban

No matter if it is about adolescents or adults, we all need to recognize ourselves in roles, identity and productivity.

Talking about adolescents in isolation time, they need to feel that all members of the family are in the same situation, confronted with the same challenges, having the same questions and uncertainties.

The things that adolescents are going to miss during this time are: the usual routine, the direct communication with their friends and colleagues (even if they usually did this online) and their moments of success or accomplishments.

How to be there for them?

  • no matter what, try not to punish the adolescents by taking away their tech. It could be the reason for them to become too isolated. As we know, isolation has an impact on our mental health. This is the only way they can stay connected to their friends ‘’virtually’’ in a healthy way. Tell them you are confident in their creativity and intelligence to make the most of these means. And even to help others to do the same.
  • let them feel proud and important when doing things for the family; not only curriculum-based accomplishments are valuable; it can be learning to make coffee or pasta or to respect time in the day when parents are working;
  • we are living under new conditions, so we need to have some new rules; let children make their own set of rules and you do yours; the only condition is that each part has to integrate the needs of the other part; it is a good negotiation exercise;
  • generate common questions; usually the questions of parents are different from the questions of adolescents; now we can work together to find answers to the same worries; it is important to keep them informed about matters that affect all members of family in the same way;

I collected some advice from adolescents for their parents and grandparents:

  • please stop listening to so much news;
  • I am as worried as you are;
  • I need my boundaries; we do not need to be on top of each other 24 hours a day;
  • sometimes I do not want to talk, but I do need to know you are there;
  • you, my parents, be patient with each other;
  • stop talking about what other families are doing now; we are capable enough to work together to best cope with this situation ourselves;
  • ask me; listen to me until I’m finished; you will discovery that I also have a lot of interesting ideas;
  • it is time to learn from me about new technologies;
  • ask me rather than tell me;
  • do not make me feel like this isolation with family is a big punishment for you;