Many parents of teenagers often feel as if they need a degree in psychology in order to make it through these tumultuous years. It’s practically impossible to understand teenagers with their constant mood swings and unexplainable behavior patterns, or so it seems. This is why a lot of parents with teenagers begin to panic when Christmas break gets closer because for almost three weeks, their teens will be at home (all day) with them!
If you feel this way, don’t worry, you’ll be able to get through the holidays with your teenager and still be sane afterwards. Just understand that your teens are teenagers and want to have fun over the holiday break with both their friends and family. That’s really all it comes down to for teens and the holidays…having fun. So, how in the world can you and your teen have fun together? Below are a few suggestions:
1. Go Christmas Tree Hunting – If nobody in your family has an allergy to real Christmas trees, then make it a family tradition to go find a real Christmas tree together. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a place where the trees are brought in or if you are going to a tree farm and want to chop your own tree down, this is a family activity that everyone will enjoy.
2. Make Treat Baskets for the Neighbors – For those of you with teenage girls, spending an evening or two together in the kitchen baking holiday treats and preparing baskets full of the goodies for your neighbors can be a fun activity to do. Remember that teens also want to spend time with their friends, so it may be even more fun if you let your teen have a couple of her girlfriends over to help.
3. Have a Family Night Out Together –The holiday break is the perfect time for families to spend an evening out together. It can be a fun holiday tradition to go out and eat together, catch a movie and go look at Christmas lights together. Spending time with the family is something that all teenagers should look forward to during the holidays, but it’s up to the parents to make it a priority.
Above are just a few suggestions for fun holiday activities you can do with your teenagers over the break. However, there are many more. You just have to take an objective look at your teens and determine what types of activities they will enjoy doing with you.
Finally, as previously mentioned, teenagers want to have fun over their Christmas break which means that they also want to spend some time hanging out with their friends. While you may not want to let them go out all the time with their friends, it’s important that you let them spend quality time with their friends during the break too. If you don’t, you’ll likely have an unhappy, possibly rebellious, teen on your hands during the holidays and nobody wants that.