Kids In Lockdown…Netflix Binges, Up All Night, Sleeping Half The Day
By : Hayley Kaufman
Source : Boston Globe
It's 11 a.m. Do you know where your teenager is?
These days, with schools closed and Google hangouts the only appointments on kids' schedules, the answer might be: Still asleep.
“I’m not fighting with her about it the way I was in the beginning,” said Reading’s Leah Leahy, mom to a 13-year-old daughter who, like so many other “quaranteens,” has taken to sleeping in late each day. “I mean, she has such a structured life, and now it’s so unstructured. There are no boundaries.”
Julie Hall, the mother of two Charlestown teenagers who are often up half the night, put it more succinctly: “They are vampires.”
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Surely, some families have life during lockdown all figured out. Pandemic or no, they're keeping to a schedule, staying on top of homework, and refusing to yield to the notion that ice cream can be dinner if not eaten directly from the carton.
But six weeks in, most of us with teenagers are still finding our footing. While families with young kids juggle homeschooling and the constant supervision it requires, parents of teens face a different set of issues. The trials of adolescence unspool almost exclusively within the four walls of the family home. As structured school days, sports, and after-school jobs have disappeared, many teens have settled into entirely new schedules. They may be up half the night or more. Showers are often intermittent at best. Screen time is all the time.