Hey YOU, teen parents: teens need play, too. The challenge is weathering the negative attitude on the way to having fun and tolerating the negative attitude on the way back. YOU will be in serious contention for the Mother Teresa or Ghandi award. There isn’t a lot in it for YOU, except knowing that you are oiling the gears of your relationship with your teen. YOU are putting fun in their tanks. They will appreciate YOU for it; just not out loud while they are teens. Your relationship will be strengthened because of your effort.
One last thing about play with teens. Teens are seriously impressed by novelty. Novel fun is priceless and impactful to them. So, take them somewhere interesting and different…then do everything side by side.
Work Vacation in Mexico, Guatemala, Appalachia, Nepal, Dominican Republic, Calcutta
Backpack into the Sierra
Soup Kitchen in SF
Weekend with the Homeless Program
White Water Rafting
Go Cart Driving
Cruise to Alaska, Mexico, Nova Scotia
Bike Ride through Italy, France, U.S.
Visit Stonehenge, Pueblos in New Mexico, Niagara Falls, Acropolis
Donkey Trip in the Grand Canyon
9/11 Ground Zero
Swim with Dolphins
I know you are not made of money, so only do what you can afford. Camping will do. Soup kitchens are free.