While lockdown can be stressful, it can be a good time to reconnect with your teen.
Support your teen to be more positive and less likely to drift into negative behaviours.
Here are 4 research-based practices you can do:
1: Eat dinner together - Not in front of TV or with devices, but purposely share a meal together and talk.
2. Be home when your teen goes to bed - Finish each day reinforcing how much you love them. If you have to be at work, take 5 minutes to Facetime.
3. Take a genuine and caring interest in what’s happening in their lives - Create one on one times and let them talk, eg. do the dishes together, go for a walk, fix the car. Make sure they know you will be there for them no matter what.
4. Get to know their friends - Teen friendships are powerful influencers. While you can’t choose your teens friends its good for them to know you are being lovingly watchful
So have a go and see what a difference it can make.