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"My teen always wants to be in their room alone. I'm worried!"
(reprinted from HHS Counselor’s Collective Fall/2002)
Over the years we have heard this a lot from parents and teens when they talk with counselors about how much they just want to be given space. The teens we work with tell us how much their time in their room is beneficial to them. They describe it as a safe space, the space where they feel most comfortable and can just be themselves. For many teens there is little opportunity for solitude in their lives and some crave it more than others. Time your teen spends in their room may be what they need to get some of that solitude. If you are concerned that your student’s time in their room may be negatively impacting their mental health then reach out to their counselor.