One of the most exciting parts of the year is here for students. Summer! Going to camp, hanging out with friends, and family trips are just a few of the things that Summer brings. However, our world has completely changed in the past 4 months. COVID-19 has forced us to change and adjust to things that we all thought were impossible before. Every child has been homeschooled, events have been canceled, and social interaction is at a minimum. With all these changes what does Summer look like? The school year being interrupted is one thing but summer plans being canceled can be devastating for kids. Especially when they attend the same camp every year or if they were looking forward to visiting family out of town. And we cannot forget about the times with friends that will be to a minimum.
Building peer relationships and feeling connected is a key developmental task of childhood and adolescence. Although kids are using social media to “connect” with friends, social distancing is giving us a reminder of just how important spending time with friends is to our mental health. I’ve found that the experience of being physically separated from peers and friends is causing mixed feelings in kids. From loneliness to irritability and anxiety. And most of all boredom. This can be frustrating and disappointing for your child. Now that summer is here and so much has changed, they’ll need the support of the adults in their lives even more.
Here are some ways to support the kid in your life during summer break: