November 21, 2017

Fun Things for Teenagers to Do in the Summer

Fun Things for Teenagers to Do in the SummerIt is summer time again and up pops the question are there fun things for teenagers to do in the summer? With 3 of my 4 boys still at home and teens, this is definitely a pressing issue. Throw video games in with online friend gaming and I lose the leverage of telling them to go to so and so’s house to hangout. It does help that 2 of my boys like to swim, blade and play with their airsoft guns. The 3rd though not so much, like not at all! This summer I decided to see if there were others out there in the same boat. And sure enough, I found this great article by 2 moms of tweens.

Fun Things for Teenagers to Do in the Summer

 Further complicating matters, starting at around 10 or 11, preteens crave freedom and begin to campaign for unsupervised time. So, when we combine the desire for unstructured time, unsupervised time and boredom-busting activities, we are launched into the juggling act we call summer!

  1. Create a summer scrapbook or album to document highlights
  2. Set up a lemonade stand (and sell hand-crafted items too)
  3. Identify toys and clothes that are no longer used and sell at a stand
  4. Rearrange/redecorate tweens’s room (identify a few new features)
  5. Set up an outdoor movie theatre for a night of viewing and treats
  6. Outfit your tween with rollerblades or rollerskates
  7. Go fishing in a nearby stream or lake
  8. Read the same book together and talk about it

For the rest of ideas in this story, click here.

 

 

Like I said above, a couple of my boys are fun seekers. So the above list works well for them. At least, the boy suggestions. My girl (who is also out of the house now) would have jumped at a few of these too! That still left what to do with #3. More academic, more computer involved, that’s what I needed. Bingo – There was list for him too!

(CBS MoneyWatch) July is already upon us, but there is still plenty of time left for your teenagers to make the most of their summers. For teens who need ideas, here are 16 to get them started:

1. Be political. With the presidential election just months away, lots of political candidate would be happy for the help.

2. Blog. Differentiate yourself from millions of other teenagers by blogging. You’ll be more successful if you write about something you’re passionate about, whether it’s street art or field hockey. You can get a free blog at WordPress or Blogger.

3. Create a LinkedIn account. It’s never too early to start networking. Once you’ve set up an account, join LinkedIn groups tied to your interests.

4. Learn a new language. There are plenty of free sites online to help people get started on a new language, including Open Culture and LearnALanguage.com.  More of this story here.

Click the share button below if these lists hit the On switch for you for fun things for teenagers to do in the summer!

Side note: I have found that this is a good time to do some work on teen attitudes and my interaction with them. I pull out a few of my favorite parenting books, like the Total Transformation program, and refresh myself in areas that we have grown lax or that we are entering into. Since there is much more time together, I find this too be extremely successful.

One other thing, I have learned a bit about these rascals as I have been raising them. A family day at the lake with a picnic and they are all in. I also can lure them away from boredom with a big fat book of puzzle games and pencils.

Teens don’t like to be bored either. Here is affirmation from the inside –

So rest assured there is plenty of fun things for teenagers to do in the summer! Hurry though before it becomes the “school starting” challenges!

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Julie is an awesome parent (along with her husband Matt) to five adopted kiddos and the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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  1. Creating scrapbook is an wonderful idea. You know creating scrapbook and albums gives you both happiness and the thing to do something perfect. It should give the teenagers more attention in their studies too; even their presentation skills will improve.
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