While the situations that COVID-19 has inspired can be challenging for most of the United States population, teens and young adults are some of the most unidentified victims. Some teens are missing out on the first semester of their senior year, while others are starting a brand new school, which can be intimidating in the best of circumstances. Furthermore, without the typical structures that your teen relies on, they can fall prey to substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. As a parent, these risks can be extremely concerning. At the same time, you’ll need to help your teen through the challenges of online learning. If you need assistance with this challenge, contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center at 662.373.2828.
Helping Your Teen Through Online Learning
Sadly, online learning seems to be a part of life, at least for the time being. Many schools have switched to online learning or some form of hybrid learning, which can be exceptionally challenging for many children and teens. Unfortunately, that means that your child or children, who were formerly unaccustomed to virtual learning, must quickly adapt to this new learning style.
As a parent, we understand that you want to help your child adapt to this new normal as quickly as possible. However, we also know that you have your own learning challenges with these situations. As a parent, there are several ways that you can help both you and your child be successful without creating a stressful home environment.
Be Patient With Your Teen And Others Around You
It goes without saying that the situations COVID-19 has created are complicated, and no one could have possibly prepared for this eventuality. As such, your teen, their teachers, and other people around you are still on a steep learning curve. It’s perfectly normal for them to become overwhelmed or stressed. Consider how you felt when you first had to start doing your job in a brand new way. It was challenging. Remember that experience as you work with your teen to overcome the challenges that they’re facing. It’s also helpful to remember that your teen’s teachers have their best interests at heart, so do what you can to help and encourage them.
Work With Your Teen to Schedule One on One Time With Their Teacher
If your teen needs a little extra help with a specific subject, there’s no shame attached. However, it would most likely help both your child and their teacher to find some one-on-one time, whether that session is through FaceTime or Zoom. In many cases, collaborative group conferencing can feel embarrassing or distracting, particularly if your teen has ADHD or other learning disorders. With a discussion only with your teen’s teacher, your teen can overcome their embarrassment and fully engage in the lessons.
Help Your Teen Set Up a Study Group
In many cases, a study group can be beneficial in multiple ways for teens. For instance, they can overcome the isolation and stress COVID-19 has created, while at the same time, your teen is learning from their classmates. An online study group can be ideal for allowing your teen to concentrate and review each day’s material.
Much like you don’t want your life to revolve around work, your teen probably doesn’t want their entire week to revolve around school. Therefore, it can be helpful for you to provide opportunities for your teen to get creative. Try to encourage them to practice their artwork or to learn how to play a new instrument. Most teens have some form of creativity that they want to practice if we let them try.
Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center
At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we realize that your challenges concerning your teen and COVID-19 don’t just stop with online learning. This pandemic and the subsequent isolation can cause a range of complications, including:
If this is the case, our addiction treatment programs and mental health treatments can assist. We offer a range of treatment options to help you and your teen through these challenges. To learn more about how our team can assist you, contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center at 662.373.2828 today.