“Go socialize but stay away from the clubs!”
“You need to exercise, but you can’t run alone.”
“We aren’t interested in what you write in your journal, but what aren’t you telling us?”
Do these sound familiar? Yes, they probably do for most us and reading it makes one understand a little bit more as to why teenagers find parents confusing.
Parents can be confusing on the best of days, but now, they have taken things to a whole new level. Just a few weeks ago, everything was normal. Life was easy and life was uncomplicated. Mom was always shouting for us to get off our phones and to go outside, because that’s how they grew up. Skipping in the streets and throwing stones, but mom, life is different now. We are a new generation.
Well, as we are going through a lot right now in the world, let’s look at it this way - what is a teenager supposed to think when their parents have always told them to get off their phones and go socialize with real people? But now, told to stay away from real people and to get back on their phones? Which is the right option, and which is the wrong? Argument can be made and boiled down to which is more toxic, social media or COVID-19?
Yes, that’s a tricky one and no we do not have the right answer, but no one does. If you are a teenager reading this, we understand, we have all been there and have all looked at our parents and thought “okay well, what planet are you actually from because it is definitely not earth?” What we can tell you is that your parents are just as confused as you are, but they are trying their best. Especially being in a world where social media is toxic but COVID-19 is deadly, so give them some time.
In uncertain times like these, we need to understand that there is a silver lining, even if you can’t see it right now. It is not easy to be a parent or a teenager, but an easy decision that both can make is today, tomorrow and for however long COVID-19 may be around, stay at home, be on your phone, but don’t skip in the house and throw stones like your parents used to.
Value this time together, socialize with your teenagers, and teenagers socialize with your parents. Bring out the board games, monopoly if you are brave enough, and take our advice: enjoy every second, every moment and every bit of time spent together.
To the teenagers, you now have time to understand your parents, and you will soon realize they aren’t actually that bad.
A quote that most of us have heard, some of us have laughed at, and all of us should be using now. A quote by the penguins from Madagascar – ‘just smile and wave boys, smile and wave.’
A lot of us are sitting at home panicking and thinking “now what? Where do we go from here?” Well, at Peak Academy, we have a few suggestions that we can all use to start off with.
Number one: DO NOT PANIC. Panic leads to mass hysteria and panic buying. For example, purchasing 20 packs of toilet rolls. Is this necessary? Hm, we are on the fence about that one.
Number two: as many millennials say ‘eat, sleep, rave, repeat’ we are saying ‘wash, rinse, sanitize, repeat.’ A cycle not only a few of us must follow, but all of us.
Number three: remember to NOT elbow shake, you cough and sneeze into your elbow. We know our president said we must, but that way we are still spreading the virus.
Number four: SPREAD LOVE, NOT THE VIRUS.
Number five: instead of high fiving, do the five:
During this hard and confusing time, we all need to remember to take care of ourselves. We should all take breaks from reading, listening to and watching the news around COVID-19. In times of feeling stressed, we need to take care of our bodies. We need to take deep breathes, eat as healthy as we can, get plenty of sleep and exercise.
As most of us have been told to work from home or to take time off, let’s spend this time wisely and take time to unwind.
Could COVID-19 be giving us a gift? The gift of time? Well, to be optimistic, yes. The gift of time to read that book, to spend time with your children and your ageing parents, and the time to slow down and self-reflect.
So, in light of this, let's take this time to do something great for ourselves.
SPINACH, FETA AND PEPPADEW CANNELLONI IN TOMATO WINE SAUCE
What a great way to start off the week by participating in Meatless Mondays. You probably already know that the trend with food and diets suggest that meat free products are in general, a lot healthier. But did you know that even one day a week of cutting out meat products leads to tremendous health and other benefits? The first being reducing your carbon footprint. Studies show that meat production is a large producer of greenhouse gases. By participating in Meatless Mondays, you automatically play a part in reducing these gases and decreasing the harmful effects of global warming. The second benefit is that you will save money. Meat is more expensive than plant-based proteins. The third, and a very important benefit, is that as an individual you will be saving animals. When participating in Meatless Mondays, you save 28 land animals and 175 water animals on average per year.
Now that we have gone through only a few benefits out of the many, we can look at our tasty dish.
1 packet cannelloni tubes
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic
2-3 rounds of feta cheese
300g of spinach finely chopped
8-10 peppadews finely chopped
50ml chopped parsley
50ml macadamia or cashew nuts chopped
1 beaten egg
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
250ml white wine
Handful of basil
Salt, pepper, sugar
Let us know what you think, and tag us in your pictures of this dish.
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