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10 ways to spend time with your teen

Let’s face it, when your child reaches anywhere the near the teenage years the very last person they want to spend time with is you. 
Not only are you outrageously embarrassing (without actually doing very much at all) this coincides with them discovering the joys of social media so really, you’ve no chance.
Teenage years can be tough, so spending a bit of time with them and keeping those lines of communication open is really important. 
If your teen is constantly locked in their room, here are a few ideas of how you can lure them out to spend a bit of time with you. 

Pyjama Day
Teenagers love lying around doing nothing. Capitalise on this – think a day of  big bowls of popcorn, ice-cream and some cheesy films. It will go down a storm. 

Baking 
Okay I know we all did this when they were little but give them free rein. Get them to find a cake, cookie or amazing dessert they would like to bake and crack on. Not only does the house smell amazing you have something great to eat and share when you’re done. 

Board games
In my experience kids get competitive the older they get. Drag out Monopoly, Scrabble or Cluedo and you can pretty easily pass an hour or two. 

Doesn’t everyone love a board game

Cinema 
The great thing about your children getting older is that they can watch slightly more sophisticated films which you may also enjoy so it’s more likely this is something you can do together.

Family history 
Younger teenagers are starting to think about their own identity and where they have come from. Family history is a great way to delve into this. We did this last year. We found a family grave and spent a day clearing it, looked into a great uncle who had died in the war and searched out houses our ancestors had lived in. We created a Facebook page and shared our findings with wider family members. 

Something sporty 
Getting teens to do sport in a fun way can be tricky. Mine is not keen on running, quite likes biking and loves a swim. Last year we did some open water swimming and we plan to do more this year.

Swimming in Loch Lomond

Decorating
Involve them in decorating their own bedroom, let them pick some colours and new furniture and they might get excited about the whole project. Try not to wince when they choose all black too.

Get interested in what they like
Okay famous last words which led me to spend six hours in a tank museum earlier this year. The theory though is most teens are passionate about something, if you be a bit interested in whatever it is so might me able to grab some time together. We spent a day in The Tank Museum in Dorset the blog is here. But also did lots of other things too.

One happy boy at the Tank Museum

Music and theatre
One nice thing about your children getting that bit older is they start to develop their own tastes in music. Taking them to their first live gig, theatre performance or festival can be a great way to spend a bit of time with them. 

Food
If your teen is anything like mine they eat constantly so a meal out is always welcome. Negotiate, they can choose the restaurant if they agree to stay off their phones for at least part of the meal. 

We quite often have breakfast out

It’s not easy and you’re not going to be able to get them to do all of these but it really is worth trying a few every now and again.
You never know you might get a bit of conversation and they might actually enjoy it.

7 thoughts on “10 ways to spend time with your teen

  1. I don’t have teens yet but I do love these ideas and suggestions as they just make perfect sense! Hopefully, by the time my lot get to their teens, I’ll be as wise and prepared as you are and able to navigate those rocky waters with some idea of what direction the boats going in LOL

  2. Teens are tricky creatures, they all like different things. Each one has things they still enjoy like bowling, movie nights etc. There are other things that they will no longer join in with though

  3. My eldest daughter is 13, she rarely wants to go anywhere with us anymore. I have learnt to let go a little but I have noticed she loves me to hang out in her room with her sometimes and we just listen to music.

  4. Aww there are so many lovely ideas here! If I’m honest I’m already scared/worried about parenting teenagers (my daughters are only 4 and 2), so it is nice to see a list of nice things to do together 🙂

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