As the school year winds down, the warm weather returns, and the days get longer. Parents know that it is only a matter of time before they hear the words, “I’m bored!” coming from their teenage child’s mouth. Though many teens are old enough to get a summer job or entertain themselves for some time, parents often look for fun activities that they can do with their teen. Spending some time having fun with your teen is a great way to bond and create lasting memories.
Take a Hike
If you want to get out into the great outdoors and enjoy the wonders that Mother Nature has created, take a hike! Most communities have local nature trails that are a perfect way to spend a free afternoon. You and your teen can also head to the mountains and spend a day out on the trails. Be prepared before you head out. Pack a picnic lunch, bring some bottled water, put on your sunblock, and dress for the weather. Working out and getting some fresh air is a great way to have fun with your teen.
Going camping is the perfect way to spend some extended time in nature. Camping can be challenging. It is a great way for parents and teens to learn how to work together, live in the wilderness, and learn new skills. Camping can be done in state parks, private campgrounds, or even in the comfort of your own backyard. Pack up a tent, some sodas, and some hotdogs and get ready for a weekend of fun.
This idea might get a grimace from your teen, but what better way to spend your time this summer than volunteering for a worthy cause? Volunteer options abound in your community. You and your teen could work in a hospital, spend time with senior citizens at a local retirement home, build homes for Habitat for Humanity, or even walk dogs at the local animal shelter. When you volunteer, you will not only create memories with your child, you will be serving your community and making a difference in the lives of others.
Learn Something New
Taking a class is an excellent way to fill lazy summer afternoons. Think of something that you, or your teen, have always wanted to learn and find a local class where you can learn it. Options could include scrapbooking, cake decorating, photography, or even water skiing. It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you do it together.
Go to the Beach
Spending time at the beach is a relaxing way to fill your day. The beach is solace for many individuals. Parents and their teens can have a great time relaxing on the sand, riding the waves, and enjoying the sunshine. Bring along some crossword puzzles or other interactive games that encourage communication with your teen. Play Frisbee, go for a swim, and build a sandcastle. You will bring back memories from childhood and create new ones that you will treasure forever.