Summer vacation is something that all kids look forward to. However, unless you are willing to give them the extra support that they need, there’s a good chance that they’ll become bored long before it’s over.
Thankfully, keeping them entertained doesn’t need to be as difficult as you might first fear. In truth, it’s a challenge that should start with improving your daily activities. If you are a freelance worker or a home-based entrepreneur, you need to stop wasting time. Achieving this goal will instantly free up more time that can be spent with your teen, which can only improve things for everyone.
Of course, no teenager wants to be joined at their parent’s hip. Nonetheless, creating that additional time for days out or special activities will work wonders. Whether it’s watching the local sports team or attending a community event doesn’t matter. You can also split the day between family time and time with their friends. This way, they have a chance to feel more independent while you still know that they are safe.
It’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to take off the full summer. Rather than feel guilty about it, why not find a productive solution? Summer mission trips for teens are a great way for them to develop skills and have fun in a productive environment. Moreover, those activities are underpinned by a sense of faith and community. Frankly, it’ll be the highlight of their summer, especially if you haven’t got the time or funds to take a family vacation.
Even if a vacation isn’t viable this summer, you can still have a cheap weekend away. Team up with other families to book a short camping trip filled with activities. It’s a great chance for parent-child bonding without stopping them from interacting with people their own age. This can only be a match made in heaven.
Your teen will be at home for at least some of the summer, though. If they are a little older, you could encourage them to get a part-time job or find work experience in their dream career. Should this not be a suitable option, you can still encourage them to be productive. Buy them a musical instrument or a guide to learning a new language so that they can develop new skills. After all, weeks of playing PlayStation would be a wasted summer.
If there’s only one thing that you should teach your child to do during their teen years, taking care of their health is the key. Playing sports or going to the gym on a regular basis is something that many teenagers actively enjoy doing. Aside from encouraging a healthier lifestyle, it’s sure to boost your child’s confidence too. Meanwhile, karate or another martial art can teach discipline and self-defense.
Teenagers can keep themselves entertained. They often just need that nudge in the right direction to avoid wasting their whole summer on films, videogames, and sleeping. As long as you provide that push in the right direction, they should be fine.