Inside: Activities to help teens and parents spend quality time together and have fun!
We get it, you want to spend time with your teenager, but they aren’t always enthusiastic about hanging out with you. And on those occasions when they are willing, it can feel impossible to find something to do together that you both can agree on and enjoy. You may waste the time you have trying to decide on something, and that’s not really the best way to bond with each other. At this point, you may have even given up hope on finding activities to do with your teen.
In general, if you really want to spend time with your teen, you need to focus on what’s really important – being together. How you’re spending that time or even where you’re spending that time shouldn’t really matter. Take advantage of any opportunity presented and then be willing to let them do the choosing. Also, you might be surprised that there is often common ground to be found with choices that you both will enjoy.
To make is easier, we’ve provide options for all types of different scenarios, so you’re prepared to take advantage of any opening. Audio activities for the car, Viewing activities for later in the day, and some other more creative ideas for any time in between.
So next time you’re looking for something to do together with your teen, look no further then right here. We’re sure that you’ll not only find something great for the both of you, but that you’ll find it without having to search for hours too.
What to Listen to
Podcasts are a great way to turn any task into an exciting family listening event. Great to listen to in the car, while eating lunch, or even while exercising together, these podcasts are sure to have both you and your teen hanging on the edge of your seats. Not to mention all of these podcasts are incredibly informative, guaranteed to give your teen valuable information to use in the future. In this post you’ll find podcasts of all different genres, so there’s sure to be something here that you’ll both love.
They say that laughter is the best medicine, but did you know that it’s also a great way to bond with your teen? Turning on one of these podcasts is sure to have you and your teenager rolling on the floor with laughter, and they’re a great reason to spend some quality time together as well. Never underestimate the power of a good laugh!
While the days may be gone where you can sit down with your, now, teenager and read them a book that definitely doesn’t mean literature can’t still bring you together. Instead of reading, try listening! These audio books are great for listening to together with your teen and are sure to bring back fond memories for both of you. There’s also many different genres, so no matter what you’re both into, you’re sure to find something you can enjoy.
What to Watch
Yes it’s true, some documentaries can definitely be very dull, not something that you would want to watch with a teenager who can’t seem to sit still. However, not all documentaries are built the same, and these ones in particular will not only engage your teen, but they’ll have you engrossed as well. With some incredibly interesting and harrowing stories, these documentaries will get you and your teen talking up a storm, giving you a great way to connect with them.
Most teenagers love TV. So why on earth is it that we can never seem to get them to sit down and watch a show with us? The answer, I’m sorry to tell you, is probably because you haven’t been able to find a series that you both can love. Don’t worry though, we’ve got your back! These series are all sure to have you and your teen hooked in no time, and the best part is that this can be a nightly activity. Meaning you can send some quality time with your teen every day.
Sometimes teenagers can be very against anything that they think comes from the “distant past”. Which is frustrating for parents because we want to be able to share the things we liked at their age with them. Thankfully, the solution is very simple, just prove to them that they’ll enjoy some those “ancient relics”. And to help you out, these movies are a great way to do just that, with many different genres there is sure to be something your teen will love watching with you.
While we want to show our teens the things we liked in our childhood, ironically the same applies the other way around. Your teen wants you to be interested in the things they are, even if they say the opposite. That’s why these movies are a great way to connect, because they will be overjoyed that you picked a movie that they would have normally chosen. And don’t worry, even though they’re made for your teen we promise that you’ll love these movies too.
Maybe your teen is having a bad day, or a difficult week in general, you want to be there for them and cheer them up but you’re not sure how. Well sometimes the best thing we can do as parents is just to put on a feel good movie and sit with them for a while. Your presence will mean more to them than words will in that moment, and it is a great way to show you care. These are a great selection of movies that are sure to help you get your teen smiling again.
What to Do
While technology can certainly be fun for the whole family, it’s also good to get out and do something with your teen too every once in a while. These screen-free activities are great to get you and your teen out doing something, getting both of you a break from the tech and having a bit of fun together.
There are about a million board games out there, and so while we know that they’re a great way to spend some quality time with our teens it can be difficult to find the right games. No need to worry though because we have you covered. These awesome board games are sure to be loved by the whole family and have your teen asking you to play again tomorrow.
There is a general sense among tweens and teens that parents don’t ask questions because we really care or want to listen to what our kids have to say. Instead, they think we are simply prying or looking for a reason to give them yet another lecture. That’s why it can often be hard to make meaningful connections through conversation. We’ve got your back though, as these Ideas will all help to start conversation with your teen in fun, engaging ways. This way it isn’t their parents interrogating them, it’s a game being played.