When Your Teen is Bored This Summer
Teens are used to a fast paced lifestyle during the school year. When summer break comes they are ready for a much needed break. It is a drastic change and when a teen goes from a go, go, go lifestyle to nothing it’s ok for a couple of days but then boredom sets in. They don’t know what to do with themselves and this can cause parents stress. A bored teen can be annoying and possibly get into trouble. Making a list of activities and a schedule is a great way to help a bored teen over the summer.
Together, make a list with your teen of suggested activities. For example, reading, swimming, biking, drawing, etc. What are their likes and dislikes? Do they have any hobbies or ones they want to try? It is important that your teen has choices. Whenever they are bored with free time they can refer to the list and choose something to do.
Scheduling is key to defeating boredom. On Sundays sit down and make a schedule for the week. Use a pencil. You don’t have to fill in every hour but it’s good to have several things per day planned out so your teen is not sitting in front of the television every day or laying in bed for half the day. Design a wake up routine. This way they won’t have too hard of a time when school starts. Choose things from your activity list. Include chores, summer classes, camp programs, family vacation, etc. Include opportunities for things too such as moonlight movie or painting class. You don’t have to schedule yourself to go but putting it on the calendar let’s you know it’s an option. If at any time your teen has free time they can always refer back to their list they made with suggested activities.
Summer options to discuss with your teen
Set boundaries: Let your teen know your expectations and set some rules for summer break.
Volunteering: Look up volunteer opportunities with your teen. Whether they need community service hours or not volunteering will be great for their college application.
Playing Summer Sports: If your teen is an athlete it may be beneficial to search for summer leagues that your teen can participate in.
Find a Job: This is a great opportunity for your teen to learn some life skills. They can search for a job or even start their own business.
Take a Fun Class: If your teen likes art you could sign them up for an art class. Take a yoga class! The Jacksonville Public Library has tons of fun FREE classes for teens. Check out our calendar for tons of options!
Help Around the House: Yes, teens can help with dishes and laundry. They can also help with bigger projects too such as building a deck, landscaping, other DIY projects, etc.