Investing in your relationship with your child is highly important regardless of age. However, bonding may not always come easy, especially when it’s with your teenager. At this stage of life, teens enjoy their independence and freedom to do activities with their friends or on their own. They don’t need their parent’s constant direction and guidance, so it can be easy to let meaningful quality time slip away with your teenager.
As parents, we can all use a little inspiration for fun activities with our teenagers from time to time. That said, I recently asked a group of my teenager’s friends what activities they enjoyed doing most with their parents, and here is what they shared. You might find some of their answers surprising.
1. Watching a favorite show together consistently.
Whether it’s a new or old TV series, having a show to laugh about and get into together is fun.
This doesn’t have to be just for the holidays. Spontaneous baking for the sake of having fun together creates memories.
4. Hiking and Biking
A hiking venture, biking through the neighborhood, or finding a new trail to explore can be so much fun.
5. Ice Cream Tour
Visit a new ice cream shop each week and try new flavors. Here are some Fairfield County favorites.
6. Volunteer Together
7. Reading Together
Books or magazines. Either relaxed on the couch or sitting by the pool.
8. Video Games
Even if it’s not your thing, video games can be a time to sit with your teen, have some friendly competition and ask questions about the game.
9. Driving Range
You don’t even have to be a good golfer!
10. Late Night Errands
Especially if it’s to Walmart or 24-hour Walgreens for junk food and a movie!
Sometimes planning is necessary, but it can be even more fun when activities are spontaneous. Either way, make time for it. Reserve a spot on your calendar for individual time with each of your children, especially your teens. They may not show their appreciation now, but it will surely benefit both of you in the future.