Anybody having a hard time getting their teen or young adult to practice COVID safety guidelines? Did you know that the late teen to early adult years are characterized by both biological and psychological drives to socialize and seek new experiences? Identity development is a primary developmental task during this age, and guess what? Teens and young adults do this by breaking away from their families and trying new things. It’s 100% part of normal development. Instead of chastising or becoming angry when your teen makes risky choices, problem solve with them and try to come to a compromise that you can both live with.

The article linked below is an interesting read on the crossroads of adolescence/young adulthood and COVID-safety compliance. If you have teens, this article may provide a helpful perspective. “Studies show that adolescence is a period in young people’s lives when their social environment and interactions with peers are important for brain development, mental health and developing a sense of self. Lack of peer contact may interrupt this and might have long-term detrimental effects.”

Why the Teenage Brain Pushes Young People to Ignore Virus Restrictions

Author: Nancy Keates

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 11:24 am ET by The Wall Street Journal