Quarantine for TEENS! What do you do?

With the teens home from school, it can be hard to find things for them to do besides binging Netflix or being on their phone.

Here are some ideas for your teen to try!

  1. Bake something new from a cookbook.
  2. Find something in your room that enjoyed when you were younger and try it again, just for fun.
  3. Figure out what’s a mile or less from your home, and walk to one interesting place.
  4. Play a board game.
  5. Color, draw, or paint.
  6. Walk a dog.
  7. Call a grandparent (you’ll make their day).
  8. Do a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or word find.
  9. Ride a bike, skateboard, or scooter. (depending on recommendations from CDC)
  10. Write in a journal.

See the complete list here!

There are also some great lessons that your teen can learn while staying at home:

1. You have a duty to others.

This disease doesn’t seem to affect kids and teenagers in a serious way. You could probably go out with friends, go to concerts, and live your everyday life, and you’d be just fine. But it’s not all about you. Sometimes we do boring or uncomfortable or hard things so we can help all of us, because that’s what humans do. It’s why we follow traffic rules and donate blood and don’t litter and a thousand other things. And you know what else? Sometimes it feels good to know you matter (you do), that you are needed (you are). We are counting on you.

2. Nature is soothing, free, and necessary.

It’s going to be a long road. We’re going to get anxious and antsy. Cooped up at home, we’re also going to be way too sedentary. We all need to get outside as often as we can—at a minimum, at least once every day. There’s something about fresh air and fat chattering squirrels and crocuses pushing through a mat of last fall’s leaves that wakes up couch-dulled bodies and whisks away the fog of worried minds. Coronavirus or not, it’s always a good time to take a walk.

3. Eat the leftovers.

Yes, sometimes we’ll get pizza or Chipotle. But we have a fridge full of food and we are not going to waste it. And when it’s not so full, we’ll get creative and try to use up what we have before we go to the grocery store and endanger ourselves and others. “Need” has real meaning now. It was always a good idea to use the produce before it spoiled and eat the ends of the bread before opening a new bag. But now we get it, don’t we?

4. Memories aren’t always planned.

We are living in extraordinary times. None of us would choose this, but history is being written right now. Someday, my teenager, if you have kids, you will tell them what it was like to live through the coronavirus pandemic. They’ll marvel that you didn’t have a vaccine yet, and they’ll know (as you know about us) that you must be really old. But you’ll remember all this. Sometimes memories are made of vacations and birthdays and holidays and graduations. But sometimes memories are made of blizzards and hurricanes and 9/11 and that time the whole town lost power for two days. Heroic things will happen, sad things will happen, and small, funny, stupid things will happen in the coming weeks and months. You won’t get the memories you planned on, but I promise you will get memories you’ll hold onto for the rest of your life.


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