Admit it, you’re going crazy looking for fun activities for teenagers? Are you sick of the whining about being a prisoner at home?
But just go back in time a few years. Do you recall how Legos used to keep your kiddos enthralled?
Remember the shrieks of laughter as they fitted and then split them up?
Also, don’t forget the tantrums when you tried to get them to leave the legos to bath or eat?
Now, think of your teen. The structure of his life has been ‘stolen’ from him almost overnight. He is unable to hangout with his friends, play sports or do the things that gave his life focus and meaning,
It’s perfectly natural that he is going to throw a tantrum like the old lego days. Maybe he’s showing signs of:
- Mood swings
For your own sanity, especially as a single mom, you have to distract your teen with fun activities that will absorb and engage him the way his legos once did.
Since you’re a super busy mom, I have a list of super fun activities that your teen will be dying to try out.
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But first, a few points to consider.
Have a Positive Mindset
Let’s be clear. As a single mom, you bear a heavy load. Now you have a bored teen on your hands and the last thing you want is for him to find unhealthy and undesirable ways to relieve that boredom.
- Deepen your bond
- Develop his resilience, courage and patience
- Broaden his world view
- Start new family traditions
- Build awareness of career choices
- Develop business skills
Tips for Success
Now is not the time to flex your mom muscles. Let your parenting guard down and be a little flexible with your family rules.
This does not mean that you should allow the kids to run wild. But a little extra TV or Tech will not kill anyone.
Encourage your teen to take the lead to boost his confidence and self esteem.
At the end of it all, you may have a teen who feels empowered about making decisions in life.
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50 Fun Activities for Teens that Motivate and Inspire
Here are 50 amazingly fun activities for teenagers designed to stimulate, educate and entertain.
TECH ACTIVITIES FOR TEENAGERS
Teens are into all things tech. So, why not use their love of tech to keep them busy?
You will need a computer or laptop and:
- Access to the internet
- A photo editing program like Canva
- An email account
- A cell phone for photos and videos
- Arts and crafts supplies
- Access to a printer
1. Start a weekly family newsletter
2. Make a digital family vision board
3. Take a virtual tour
4. Design personalized stationery
5. Do a Powerpoint presentation on a life goal
6. Create GIFs using apps like EZGIF.COM
7. Design graphics for custom T-shirts
8. Create a collage of inspirational quotes
9. Design an infographic for a worthy cause
10. Create the ultimate planner for teens
CRAFT ACTIVITIES FOR TEENAGERS
Starting a craft project is great for your teen’s mental health. It helps to shift his focus from the fear, stress and uncertainty that he is experiencing.
Maybe, it will lead to an Etsy store one day. So, encourage your teen to get crafting.
You will need:
- Arts and crafts supplies
- poster board or cork board
- old magazines, postcards, photograph
- scissors with decorative blades
- glue or tape
- colorful stickers, cutouts, buttons, tape
1. Create a bedroom makeover wish list
2. Make a motivational quote poster
3. Knit a scarf
4. Make custom bracelets
5. Make personalized coffee mugs
6. DIY lip balm
7. Make retro placemats
8. Create custom birthday cards
9. Make your own stationery
10.Design your own bullet journal
SIMPLE RECIPES FOR TEENAGERS
You may have a tough time getting your teen to buy into learning to cook. But understanding that cooking is a vital key to independent living may just do the trick. Quick, easy fuss-free recipes that do not need much prep or clean up are best.
Here are a few of my favorites:
2. Tuna melt
3. Macaroni and cheese
5. Stir fries
Most of these recipes can be found via pins on my Recipes for Teens Pinterest board. Please like and follow the board.
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR TEENAGERS
Your teen is probably doing online classes organized by his school at present. The resources below are intended to stimulate his curiosity. Many of these sites offer free online courses that allow him to learn to paint, code or even learn a new language free of the stress of a rigid timetable and exams.
2. Khan Academy
10. Learn to code with UCode
NOTE: Please check the fine print that courses are free before signing up.
SELF CARE ACTIVITIES FOR TEENAGERS
Self care and wellness is vital for your teen who is likely to feel that life is so unpredictable. To allay his fears and anxiety, encourage him to start a routine of self love habits.
1. Create a self care routine
2. Learn to meditate
3. Take a YouTube yoga class
4. Start a journal
5. Write affirmations
6. Unplug from all tech
7. Read a self help book
8. Send a thoughtful email to a loved one
9. Listen to an inspiring podcast
10. Watch a nature documentary
Here’s the list of fabulous fun activities that is sure to keep your teen busy.
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This quote best sums up the teenage year and your role in it as a parent:
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
So, what you need to do is encourage good habits in your teenager. They will last him a lifetime and be a life vest when the storms of life assail him.
Do you know any other fun activities for teens? Share your story in the comments below.
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