There comes a time when the dynamics of the parent-child relationship change drastically. Generally, around adolescence, children start to distance themselves from their family as they try to identify with their peers. Though a natural part of the journey, teens still need to know that mom and dad are by their side. Spending one-on-one time together helps them to come to this understanding.
It’s been proven that parents who spend quality time with their teens help to enrich their lives for the better. In fact, they’re more likely to perform better in school, have a higher sense of self, and are less likely to act out, abuse substances, or be persuaded to participate in other reckless activities.
The summer is the perfect time for parents to get ahead of things and spend some much-needed quality time with their teens. Below, is a list of fun ideas you can enjoy together:
Bowling is a fun family pastime and a great opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your teenager. Make a day of it with your teen. You can play a few rounds and enjoy some food and beverages. If you choose a popular bowling alley, they may even have other activities like the arcade and pool.
When it comes to teenagers you can never go wrong with a little shopping trip. The next time you’ve got a few extra bucks in your budget, grab your teen and head to the nearest mall. You can spend time buying a few new things and talking about what’s going on in their life.
Cook Dinner Together
Family mealtimes are special and should be planned at least a few times a week. You can turn it into a special occasion for you and your teen by preparing the meal together. This is your opportunity to teach your child some life skills they’ll need as they get older. You can learn healthy recipes and share a meal with the rest of your loved ones.
Take a Vacation
Have you ever taken a trip with just you and your teens? The summertime is ideal as they’re out of school. Plan a weekend getaway to a fun destination like San Diego, California or Miami, Florida. You can hit the beach, go shopping, and even rent jet skis from businesses like SD Adventures. You’ll have a blast away from home just enjoying each other’s company.
Play Video Games
Sometimes you’ve got to let your inner child come out to really connect with your teens. On one of your lazy summer weekends, why not have fun playing video games together? Even if you don’t know how to play the latest games you’ll get a kick out of learning with your teen.
Just being outside enjoying the weather can be a nice way to spend some quality time with your teen. Whether you go to the park, go on a hike, ride bikes, rollerskate, or throw around a football, it will get you guys active and boost your mood.
Lazy Night In
They may not want to admit it but your teens are never too old for some good old cuddling, snacks, and movies with their parents. Pick a few of their favorite flicks from streaming services or rent from a nearby DVD kiosk. Then, make some snacks, grab a bunch of pillows, and pile up on your bed for a lazy night in.
Teenagers deal with so much in their lives. From trying to succeed in school and struggling to fit in, to addiction and social pressures, they’ve got a lot going on. Though you may not be as close as you once used to be, quality time is an opportunity for you to reconnect and let them know you’re there. So, pencil some time off from work this summer, hire sitters for the younger children, and try some of these one-on-one ideas with your teenager.