Keeping Your TEEN Busy This Summer

Ahhh summer… the days are starting to get longer and the warmth of the sun is putting an extra spring in your step. The routine of school days and bedtimes will soon be a distant memory.

TeensBut maybe now it’s starting to hit you! Your teen has nothing really planned for this summer and you start to feel anxious about it. Will they do nothing ALL summer? Will they be influenced by friends into trying alcohol or drugs? Ohhh what to do?

They tell you, “I just want to hang out”.  Simply put, they want down time. We get it! However, too little activity can lead to boredom, depression and loneliness; but on the other hand over-scheduled days can lead to stress and anxiety.

How do you find that balance?  The key to success will be working together. Most teens do not want other people to tell them what their days will look like. So here are a few tips:

Get your teen involved 

  • Plan together what the summer is going to look like, include family, friends & down time.
  • Ask for your teens input and really listen to their ideas.

Set family boundaries together

  • Discuss limits on the computer, video games and TV use.
  • Discuss curfew, be flexible for special occasions.
  • Discuss responsibilities at home, including chores.
  • Establish routines & monitor by checking in with them.

Explore volunteer opportunities

Find a paid job

  • Help them find part-time work. This helps them develop a strong work ethic and understand the value of a dollar.
  • Unable to find traditional work? Discuss with your teen innovative ways to make money. Does an elderly neighbour need help cutting their grass? Do fences need painting? Does a friend need a babysitter or someone to walk the dog?

Encourage activities and sports

  • In addition to helping them stay physically active, local recreation departments have short-term classes such as photography or art.
  • Help your teen pursue a hobby; such as cooking or learning to play the guitar.

Have fun together

  • Reserve some family time, such as going to the movies or taking a walk.
  • Let your teen plan a family outing; provide them with any limitations such as time frames and budgets.

What are your ideas for keeping teens busy this summer?

If you want to connect with us more directly for additional parenting information, you can :

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  • Dial 311 (within Halton) or 905-825-6000 to talk with one of the public health nurses. We’re around Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Read Cynthia’s Bio

About Cynthia Lindsay RN

Hi everyone. My name is Cynthia Lindsay and I work as a public health nurse with the school years program. I've been a nurse for almost 20 years (wow time flies!) with the last 10 years focused on what I've discovered to be my passion... Parenting. I now have many parenting accreditations and enjoy connecting with parents in the community through Triple P, parenting groups & social media. "Je parle aussi le français" and I love working, making connections, and raising my teen son & pre-teen daughter with my hubby in Halton.
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2 Responses to Keeping Your TEEN Busy This Summer

  1. Lynne Hanna says:

    Love this! Great advice. Also hard to maintain regular sleep times as they seem to want to sleep in more. 😦

  2. Cynthia Lindsay says:

    Hi Lynne, Thanks for your comment – glad you enjoyed it. Ah yes – teens and their change in sleep patterns… Check out this resource about young people and sleep http://oyh.org.au/sites/oyh.org.au/files/factsheets/oyh_sleep_factsheet.pdf
    I hope it helps. Thanks, Cynthia

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