Developed by HRI Program Coordinator, Camila Dos Santos, M.Ed.

The pandemic has taught many of us that there are countless ways to stay connected without physically being together.  Helping your teenager stay connected to their circle this summer can provide a number of benefits, such as increased connection and happiness. 

Parents of teenagers know how important other social connections outside of the family are to their teens. When parents take the time to nurture and foster their teen’s relationships with others, it can help teens feel connected and less isolated. 

One way to keep your teen connected is to organize and host virtual meetings with their teammates if they play a sport, or with classmates and friends from school that they don’t see much over the summer. Having virtual meetings gives teens an opportunity to check in with one another, talk about how they’re coping and staying productive, and feel connected during a time when we aren’t seeing other people as often.  

Parents can play an important role in helping their teenagers foster healthy relationships outside of the home.  Spend some time focusing on keeping your teenager connected this summer and you may find that it improves your relationship overall!