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Youth and The Pandemic

January 24, 2021

Youth is generally described as persons between the ages of 15 to 24.

This pandemic has impact particular to this age group.

Theirs is a time of social reaching out, experimentation, of connecting, of contemplating their future of separating from parents as they set out to the world. It occurs at a time of life where time itself can be felt to move more slowly.

Taken together, this pandemic robs them of these opportunities and causes them to feel trapped as if the current situation is unchanging, overwhelmingly forever. Remember, theirs has been a life lived primarily in institutional settings surrounded by hundreds to thousands of age mates.

Now, at home, where are their opportunities to do as per the developmental push of their age? How slow does time proceed amidst the quiet from their lives lived amidst the noise and life at school?

So hard, so contrary are the expectations of the pandemic on youth while still having to meet academic expectations for a future that feels so remote.

Anger, frustration, despair. Please, feel for them as they too seek to adjust, chart a new path, find their way at a time of life when finding their way was expected but within a different world.

They need not our lectures. They need not our directing them to a future too remote to relate to. They need us with them, in the here and now, witnessing their pain and struggles, quietly and with the knowledge, unspoken, that with the passage of time, we will be well.

Accept, absorb, listen.

Be their calm. Be their hope.

Quietly. Patiently.

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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, former parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice.

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