Ways to Keep Teens Busy this Summer
If you are the parent of restless teenagers, you probably want to consider a few ways to keep teens busy this summer. It can be more challenging to come up with ideas for teens than younger children. With a little creativity and some compromises, you can find great activities your kids will actually enjoy this summer. Here are a few ideas to start with.
By the time your kids reach high school, they are ready to learn that summer—and life—isn’t all just fun and games. Helping your child to secure a part-time job in the summer will help them to prepare for life after school while putting extra spending cash in their wallets. Learning responsibility now will keep them from coming to you when they need money in the future. Even if you can’t find a job at the mall or a local fast food chain, consider helping your child find babysitting work or work mowing neighborhood lawns.
Public Park Programs
Check with your local park district for activities aimed at teens. Many parks offer group outings to sporting events and theme parks that let kids meet new people and have a little fun away from home. Summer dances, sports clinics, and other programs can keep your teens busy throughout the summer.
If your teen has a favorite cause, such as caring for animals or protecting the environment, look for volunteer opportunities that they can perform over the summer. This is a rewarding experience that teaches social responsibility. An added plus is that volunteer work looks great on a college application.
Encourage Your Child’s Hobbies
The summer is a great time to work on personal hobbies. If your teen loves photography, writing, dancing, or any other personal passion, give your child the tools and freedom to pursue these interests over the summer. Your local community college might have classes your teen can enroll in through the summer months to learn more about these hobbies. Your teen may even surprise you with deciding to pursue a hobby as a career goal after taking a few classes.
Summer Camp Opportunities
There are lots of summer camp opportunities for teenagers. From sports camps to music camps, the possibilities for teens to attend overnight camps are virtually endless. Your kids can gain a sense of independence by living outside of your home for a week or two. Meanwhile, you get a little bit of peace and quiet at home. Older teens can even find work for the summer as camp counselors and counselors in training.
Getting your kids out of the house and keeping them active throughout the summer will cut down on arguments at home. Your teens will have fun and exciting activities to participate in while you get to relax in the comfort of your own home. Use any or all of these ways to keep teens busy this summer in your house. You might be surprised at how excited your kids are for any of these opportunities.
My teen took driver’s education this summer. It was short – just 9 days long, but it gave him great driving practice and a credit!