Now that the summertime is almost here where the nights are calm and long and weekends are sun-drenched, you may not know it but it’s the perfect period to relieve school and spring stresses.
There are bountiful activities you can engage in with your teen children. Some of which you tried when you were a kid.
Right off the bat, it’s a known fact that teens who get bored during summer time end up glued to their electronic gadgets. However, that’s not the issue. Too much internet exposure could lead your innocent teenager becoming vulnerable to cyber bullying.
To the teenagers… it’s your God-given right to enjoy summer months with super exciting activities. For that reason, we’ve compiled up fun and exciting summer activities. You don’t want to stay indoors during winter and repeat the same during summer. Summer activities will not only create lasting memories for you but relieve the pressure that comes with reading.
10 exciting summer activities for teens.
Concentrate on Physical Activities
If you never get an opportunity to join the football team summer season is the perfect time to perfect to do so. It not only helps develop your motor skills but also helps you keep fit.
If you happen to be on a vacation, you can carry your ball and play at the beach. If you are not into sports, instead of stalking your friends online to see how their summer is fairing, a bike ride in the evenings together with your daddy is a great idea.
You can also decide to surprise your siblings and plan a family activity. During the weekend you can visit an Italian restaurant and enjoy a meal together or else you can go hiking with your home friends.
Create a Family Book Club
As a parent, if your family won’t be having a summer vacation, you cannot let your teen son or daughter stay idle. To psyche up their summer moods, you can engage them in creating a family book.
If they are too young to write, leave the designing part to them. It has been shown that teens become proud and happy after seeing what their imagination can come up with.
When the book is ready, your teenager will want to hear feedback from all family members, this, in turn, brings the whole family together.
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Plan Indoor Activities
During spring right, before the summer, it’s important to outline a bunch of exotic activities for your family. While at it, put in emergency activities specifically for the rainy days when the odds of your teenager leaving the house are low.
To avoid clashing interests, you can tell him/her to come up with the things he’d like to do indoor. They will always try things that satisfy their interests for instance if your daughter is into art, providing necessary apparatus could turn your gamer child to a creative maniac.
Let her paint and decorate her room.
Go Creative with Clothes and Shoes
One of the best wardrobe transformations we borrowed from our forefathers is the tie-dye activity. It’s has earned accolades since its debut in the 50’s.
Since summer is around the corner, it’s about time you enlighten your teen kid to start sprucing up that wardrobe. From your old t-shirts to pillows, dresses and beach cover-ups not forgetting the faded shoes, you can always make them look more appealing.
Cook or Learn How to Cook
By the time kids hit their teens, society expects them to be fully equipped with the kitchen dos and don’ts or at least the basics. After all, who said that teens can’t cook when mom and dad are off to work?
If your kids are old enough, encourage them to step into the kitchen and prepare simple snacks (Of course you have to keep an eye). It’s always a fun activity to as it teaches teens to be self-dependent at an early age.
One of the delicious meals and easy to cook during summer are the tacos. They’ll learn some kitchen secrets at the same time have fun and finally enjoy their meal.
Geocaching is a recreational fun activity in which the characters use navigational techniques to hide and seek treasures. In the modern world, you can access the game easily as there are websites and apps.
It’s a friendly activity which gets teenagers to experience the thrills of a treasure hunt. During summer months when the weather is friendly, the treasure hunt can kick off.
Geocaching gives your child an opportunity to explore the outdoors in a more interesting and adventurous way. Once you get the treasure, you’ll want to find more. This, in turn, makes your teenage son or daughter who is always glued to his Mac-book physically active.
Make a Sand Castle at the Beach
Summer comes along with many fun activities at the beach. There is swimming, sunbathing, beach volley, and of course enjoying the great views of the ocean. However, the creative teens who don’t feel like engaging in those activities can focus their energy in molding and architecting sand castles and sculptures.
Teenagers are always delighted by their designs and the curiosity inside pushes them to make their structures even better.
While you are leaving for the beach, you can carry a few tools to make the creations more appealing.
Start a Business or Charity with your teen
It’s never too early to start a business. Quite a good number of billionaires around the world started their first business during their teenage years. As a parent, you can always brainstorm ideas with your teen kids without necessarily pushing them beyond their limits.
If they have small savings, they can start with a simple business idea like creating summer gift cards or decorations that they can sell. If they haven’t saved, you can lend them some small amount to jumpstart the business. Not only will this give them an extra income but also gaining business experience.
As a parent, if you see your teenage daughter is interested in helping people, you can link her with volunteering groups which could nurture their character during the summer period.
Involve the Friends
As a parent, getting to involve your kid’s friend in summer activities is a good idea. This is because they feel more in their element as opposed to doing it with strangers. If they want to play video games on a weekend afternoon, let them be. By trying to over-parent them when they are with friends is counterproductive.
You can just organize a sleepover for a friends’ sleepover or watch a summer related movie with their friends. This not only enhances their peer-to-peer friendship but also cements the parent-kid relationship.
Get Involved in Community Work
Teenagers have a lot of free time during summer, to avoid facing the consequences of idle teenagers. You can link your son or daughter to community activities such as the annual cancer marathon, visiting orphanages, anti-racial campaigns etc. With the little help to begin, your teen ends up having fun as they enjoy communal activities.
Summer is long, the fact that your teen has been waiting for it should be a matter of concern. The precious days can be wasted in bed, wake them up and remind them it’s their time to engage in fun activities. With the help of the above activities, your teenager summer plan should be packed and fun.
Dan Chabert — Dan is an entrepreneur from Copenhagen, Denmark. He owns Thatsweetgift.com, Borncute.com, Thegearhunt & Runnerclick.com, He also loves to join marathons. When he is not preparing for a race, he travels to see the sites of the world together with his wife.
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