Sidebar: How Parents Can Help Teens Build Resilience
-Make sure to attend to your own stress and self-care needs. Keeping reactions in check will not only reassure kids, but allow you to notice any emotional cues of distress your child may be expressing.
-Open the door to communication by asking questions that encourage them to express their feelings. Even a simple, “how does that make you feel?” can release a flood of emotions.
-Listen to your teens, and do not automatically offer solutions. Sometimes teens just want to be heard.
-Limit their exposure (and yours) to news and social media, as this can increase stress.
-Consistency is key. Make sure kids are sticking to a healthy routine that ensures they are eating well and getting plenty of rest.