I am worried about my teen daughter and how she is handling social distancing and the whole coronavirus situation. How do I know if her behavior is normal?
As we all transition to a new normal, these uncertain times can be difficult for the entire family — especially children and teens. Knowing what’s normal behavior and what’s not will help you provide a calm and comforting support system for your daughter.
Mood changes are typical when children don’t know how to express their feelings. They may reveal their thoughts by crying, getting angry, or withdrawing. What is not normal is when sadness and withdrawal exist for long periods, including avoidance of activities previously enjoyed.
Here is what you can do. Reassure your children and teens that they are safe. Listen to their worries and answer their questions and share facts in a way they can easily understand. Help your child focus on the positive rather than the negative.