School is over, summer has begun. Then you realize that you have teenagers in your house that need to do something other than spend all day watching TV or video games. So what can you do to change that? Well, for starters, it will give you a reason to spend more time with them. You can find out what their interests are, what is going on with them, and how they are feeling.
- Take your kids to the local pool. This is a great way for you all to get out of the house and get some exercise. Teens tend to think that they are going there only to hang out with their friends. When they see you sitting there by yourself, some kind of protective gene kicks in, and they wind up spending more time with you.
- Grab a controller and play with them. Yeah, kind of contradicts my first sentence. But this post will explain it all, and why you should do it.
- Go outside and play their favorite sport with them. Now, I am not saying a full contact game. But going out and throwing a baseball or shooting a few baskets is a great way to bond. And for them to have the chance to do something better than their parent!
- Grab your pet and take a walk. Again, a great way to exercise, for you and your pet. You can spend the time chatting, catching up, and just being together.
- Take them to eat at their favorite restaurant, and let them order whatever! Let’s face it, teens love to eat. And we are always telling them what to eat. When to eat. How to eat. With this one, all bets are off. Let them eat ice cream for lunch. Let them have a second helping of chocolate. Who cares. Here is another chance to chat and catch up with your kids!
The list may seem very simple. You may not think it means much. But these 5 summer activities may mean more to your teen than you thought possible. You might be amazed, especially when they ask if you can do it again! And, if you are looking for even more summer activities, check out P&Geveryday’s website for more ideas.
Bonus tip: Take a surprise vacation day and do them all in one day!
What 5 summer activities would you do with your teen?
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