The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a new level of parenting experience. Since many school activities have been canceled, parents must find a way of filling their kids’ time with meaningful activities.
As a parent, you’re expected to find a new normal that will keep your teenage kid occupied. In the absence of anything worthwhile to do, your bored teenager will spend their time zoning out in front of a screen. And the best way out is to keep their brains engaged.
There’s no denying that the lack of school activities has had a toll on families with teenagers. In any event, the idea of staying indoors can make teens feel isolated and lonely. When in school, teens have the opportunity to do all the extra-curricular they’re used to.
Because it’s developmentally normal for teens to want to surround themselves with friends, how can you fill this void? Needless to say, the pandemic has made the situation even harder because it’s not advisable for your teenager to spend time with their friends.
Be that as it may, keeping your teenager busy is not rocket science. There are creative ways of defusing the anxiety of staying at home for more extended periods.
Teach Them To Drive
With all the time on your hands, this is the opportune moment to impart some driving skills on your teen. After all, there are plenty of empty parking lots.
Besides, your teen can take part in online driver’s education classes. The good thing is that they can take these classes at any time of day or night. Who knows, perhaps the late-night quiet can work in your teens’ favor.
A Side Hustle Will Do
Even as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc, your teenage kid can keep their brains occupied with a side hustle. If your teen has a driving license, they can easily win a delivery driver job as there are plenty of them in the offing.
A side hustle will give your child the much-needed opportunity to hone their work ethic, and in the process, they’ll make a few bucks. The pandemic notwithstanding, it’s still possible to launch a side hustle safely.
Encourage Physical Workouts
Any doctor will tell you that teens should take part in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least three to four times a week. Committing to a physical workout routine will not only keep your teen busy, but it will also do wonders for their physical and mental health.
It’s doubtful that your kid will brush shoulders with lifestyle diseases like high blood pressure, obesity, and a host of other health ailments and conditions with regular exercise.
Teach Them How to Read for Fun
Amid this pandemic, the adage rings true “every cloud has its silver lining.” With plenty of time to spare, this is the opportune moment for your teen to learn self-driven reading habits. In any case, these habits are part of adolescent development.
You can go further and discuss with them their reading experience as you bid to help them sharpen this essential life skill.
Engaging teens in activities that will keep them occupied is no mean feat. With a few tricks up your sleeves, you can help your teen gain a new set of skills that may come in handy later on in life.