Prom: canceled. Sports seasons: canceled. Driver’s ed, birthday parties, graduation — all canceled. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues, teens are feeling distraught about everything they’re missing. While some of those events might seem frivolous from your middle-aged vantage point, they’re important milestones for teens making the tough transition to adulthood. When their regularly scheduled lives are put on hold, it’s natural for teens to mourn.“They’re going through a grieving process. There will be times that they feel angry or sad, and that’s OK,” says pediatric psychologist Kathryn Jones, PhD. “With time, they’ll come to a place of acceptance. We can’t force them to get there before they’re ready, but we can help them find ways to cope.” Dr. Jones offers these seven strategies to help your teen deal with the disappointments brought on by coronavirus.

 

 

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