The world has a very post-apocalyptic vibe to it right now. It kind of feels like you’re in a zombie movie where the family has to hunker down to survive and every mission to the outside world by the designated shopper is a selfless act of heroism. However, despite the cliched and ‘worst-case-scenario’ stories circulating on social media, anyone in lockdown with teenagers soon discovers that the battlefield isn’t overseas, in the hospital or at the airport. It can feel more like the real battle is happening right inside your own home.
Sharing your bubble with a teen, raging hormones and wild mood swings inclusive, can seem worse than any Armageddon scenario but it doesn’t have to be a month-long conflict. Teenagers are not the enemy, COVID-19 is. You are brothers in arms, united to defeat this invisible enemy by binge watching a series together and arguing over who should empty the dishwasher.
Is your teenager stuck with you or are you stuck with them? It’s a bit of both. Here are some useful things to keep in mind next time you catch a whiff of decomposing rat carcass and realise it’s just your teenager’s socks.