As you probably realized,
Dr. John Duffy
will not be visiting us to discuss
Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety
as we had planned for April 1st at Glenbrook North H.S.
The good news is we are re-scheduling his presentation for the fall.
In the meantime, Dr. Duffy is offering advice to help all of us as we are social distancing and isolating due to COVID-19.
First, Dr. Duffy says accept the idea that this is an anxiety provoking time. We are all dealing with extreme disruptions, losses, confusion, and countless unknowns. Acknowledge the feelings of distress and sadness, name them, and own them.
Talking to Our Children
Children are savvy and have access to a lot of information. They already know a lot about what's happening in the world even if you haven't told them. Dr. Duffy suggests talking to your children honestly and assuring them that you are doing everything possible to keep them safe.
Avoid Crisis Mode
“Don’t let everyday be a fresh crisis,” Dr. Duffy said, “You won’t survive that well. If you keep crisis out of it, you decrease the flow of cortisol through your system and your immune system is stronger.”
Create a Temporary New Normal
Finally, Dr. Duffy advises, “Don’t let normal slip too far away.” Create a routine that works right now by making some adjustments to your usual way of life. If you have rules about screen time, keep them as best you can. Stick to your exercise routine and work hours if possible, but don't be hard on yourself if you don't. If your plans and structure blow up, embrace the explosion, look for the opportunity for human connection in the chaos, and know that tomorrow is a new day.
We are grateful for the advice and support of Dr. Duffy and look forward to hearing from him in person later this year. We will let you know as soon as we have a new date.
Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home.