All across the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced families to change their day-to-day lives. Here in Singapore, we’re going through a Circuit Breaker period in order to flatten the rising rate of infections. During this time, Singaporeans are advised to stay home as much as possible, and that includes your ultra-social teenagers and tweens aged between 13 to 18 years.
While younger children relish the extra time spent at home with their siblings and parents, older kids may struggle. Social distancing will be especially hard for those in Secondary school and Junior College who will miss their friends due to being quarantined at home. As a result, they could become irritable, withdrawn and even depressed due to the circuit breaker.
There’s even been new terms coined to describe these home-bound group of kids, known as QuaranTEENS and QuaranTWEENS. So how can parents like ourselves help our older kids right now? Here is what we can do to make this scary and uncertain time easier for our teens: