Having teenage children is always going to bring new challenges as they start to take that step from childhood and into the realms of becoming a young adult. But despite the fact that they might sometimes seem to want to shun your attention, you can still find things to do that give you some quality time together.
Here is a look at some suitable activities to share together that won’t break the bank, including finding a way to get them to open up to you is always worth doing, plus there is a phone-friendly activity to consider, as well as a suggestion for sharing a challenge and a look at ways to offer your support while spending time together.
It’s good to talk
You might sometimes feel that your teenage daughter or son seems to spend most of their day chatting to friends but it is a struggle to get them to engage in any sort of meaningful conversation with you.
This is nothing to too stressed out about as it is part of them learning how to develop new relationships and gain some independence, but that is not to say that you can’t share some quality time together if you adopt the right tactics to get them to open up.
Maybe a visit to the local coffee shop would be a good chance for a one-to-one catch up with them. The best approach is often to listen more than you talk, so give them the chance to share their day and their thoughts with you.
Share a stress-busting activity
There has been a real surge in the popularity of adult coloring books and the mandala coloring app for Android phone is a good one to share with your teen, as it means they don’t have to put their phone down to get involved.
Teens can regularly feel a bit stressed out and if you sit down together and work your way through one of the designs and activities together, it is an excellent way to help them chill and it will work wonders for you too.
Climb new heights together
If you have an indoor rock climbing center nearby, that could provide a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your teen and set some challenges for both of you.
There are normally different levels of climbing tasks to get involved in so it won’t matter if you are novices. The main thing is that you will be spending time doing something that you will both enjoy and working together to complete the challenge is a perfect bonding exercise.
Cheer them on
If your teen is involved in a sport and has a big game or test coming up, this is the chance to share the experience together by making sure you are there to give them your support.
It can mean a lot to them when a parent is on the touchline or in the stands cheering them on, and you can make it a special day out regardless of the result, by going out for something to eat together afterward, either to commiserate or hopefully celebrate.
Share their passion for a cause
If your teen feels strongly about something and wants to get involved with fundraising or volunteering, this is also the chance to show them that you are interested in what they feel passionate about.
Offer to volunteer alongside them and you will be doing something worthwhile together while spending valuable time in each other’s company at the same time.
Jayden North has 2 daughters, the eldest being 14. He has discovered over the past few months what it means to be Dad to a teenage girl, and shares some thoughts on this in his articles.
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