Teens are notoriously tricky when it comes to bonding – on any given day, they’ll either be your best friend or your arch nemesis. So how can you find a middle ground and strike the perfect bonding balance? With one of these ideas, that’s how!
Show each other your favourite movies
You love Dirty Dancing, they love Divergent – it’s a match made in heaven, right? Setting up a weekly movie night is a great way to spend quality time with your teen. Each week, take turns picking the movie: it will give you a chance to show them the flicks you loved when you were their ages (and still do love, to be fair), and also give you a chance to dive deeper into a few of their favourite things.
Go out to dinner each month
Your teen might turn their nose up at spending one-on-one time with their parent, but they can hardly turn their nose up at a night out at their favourite restaurant. It doesn’t have to be fancy – you could head to the same place each month, try out some of the new places around town, or even opt for a fish and chip picnic instead. The point is to spend the evening catching up with them about their life, and sharing a bit about yours in return.
Start a new hobby
Nothing brings two people together like bonding over a shared hobby, but if you and your teen don’t have much in common, come up with something you can! Whether it’s surfing lessons, a pottery course, a cooking class or setting up your own garden, make sure it’s something you are both excited to try so that you’re more inclined to stick with it.
See a show or a concert
Sure, you may not know every word to the latest Drake song, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a fun experience with your teen. Keep an eye and ear out for cool concerts or fun shows to take your teen along to, and make a night of it. Just maybe refrain from rapping along to the lyrics if you want to convince them to go with you to another show – unless, of course, your teen is joining in!
Volunteering with your teen presents the perfect opportunity to not only spend quality time with them, but show them the merits of giving up their time for other people. Whether it’s tending the register at your local op shop, participating in a clean up event or spending time directly helping out those less fortunate, there are so many important lessons that can be learned from volunteering – both for you, and your teen.