Have you ever heard your teen remark that they are bored? It can be like a broken record by summer’s end. Here are some ideas to help you avoid hearing those words again this summer.
Why are teens bored so often? For kids (even older ones), the attention span is short. They need constant stimulation to stay interested. It can be a daunting task to keep them occupied, especially when all you want to do is relax. Help them plan their summer out.
Discuss options with your teen – Have a seat and talk to your teen. What are their likes and dislikes? What hobbies do they like? This information can help you present them with a list of options for the summer.
Set boundaries – Let them know that they won’t be sitting on the couch watching television and munching on snacks all summer. Give them a minimum of activities to choose from the list you both create. Now, they will stay occupied all summer with some scheduled downtime.
Volunteering – Even if they are not old enough for a paid job, they can volunteer in some way to give back to the community. Have them work at a soup kitchen, help with kids at a rec center, or do something that involves one of their hobbies. Getting involved with church groups is a great way to volunteer and help folks that you know.
Playing summer sports – If your teen played a sport in school, they may be interested in keeping their skills up in a summer league. Here, they can have fun without the added pressure of their school record being at stake.
Find a job – Jobs are not as easy to find as they once were, but it can still be done if they are willing to work certain hours. Besides, many teens like having money. Consider jobs close by so they can ride a bike or walk to work to save gas.
Take a fun class – Does your child like art? They may be interested in an art class to increase their skills.
Summer programs – Many local universities and colleges offer summer programs for kids who are considering college. They span a variety of career disciplines. Many offer on-campus housing for the duration of the program and a stipend to students. Applications have to be filled out before the end of school to get a spot.
Help out around the house – With so much extra time, they can make improvements to the household. Helping mom or dad with building a deck, landscaping the yard or coming up with their own outdoor projects can actually be fun.
It is highly unusual to find a teen who is never bored. Head off their boredom with a few activity ideas.