Okay, we know it may seem like an oxymoron: parents and teens having fun together? It has been known to happen. Whether its family activities, time just for you and your teen, special events and trips or just the everyday activities around the house, find ways to create fun and connections with your teens.

Hang Out Ideas

  • Read the same book and then talk about it
  • Take a class together. Try dog obedience or cooking classes.
  • Go out for lunch to celebrate the beginning of the school year.
  • Celebrate half birthdays with a special family meal.
  • Share a subscription to a favorite teen magazine and talk about one article. (add suggestions of articles)
  • Cook a special meal together for someone who is ill.
  • Go to a music store and listen to their favorite CDs. Then have them listen to our music. (Ignore the groans.)
  • Take your teen to work with you.
  • Build something together.
  • Take a trip by car and visit places that were special to you when you were your teen’s age.
  • Go for a bike ride with one of their friends and the friend’s parent.
  • Have a favorite “breakfast diner” and eat there once a month.
  • Schedule your lunch hour during your teen’s lunch break – check them out of school and take your teen to lunch.

Books to Read with Your Teen

Do you remember when you use to read stories to your child before going to bed? Now is not impossible to keep enjoying this activity. Now you can both read and talk about the books you chose, and also use it as a teaching experience. You will enjoy it!

o Discussions about right and wrong:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain.

o Kids encouragement and support:

  • The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, Moving Day by Meg Cabot

o Change in friendships:

  • Alone in the Universe by Lynne Rae Perkins

o Book series:

  • Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix.

o Teen pregnancy:

  • After by Amy Efaw

o Parent-teen relationship:

  • How to Raise Your Parents by Sarah Burningham

It’s so good for families to spend time together. We encourage you to create a calendar with fun activities!

All families are different. So, you can tailor your calendar to fit your family.

Your family can chose to do a week or month calendar. It all depends on parents work, after school activities, holidays and seasons. In a calendar write down all family activities, such as practices, games, concerts, homework time, parties, church, etc.

Here is an example of how a family could do it: