Your teen can have a productive Spring break or they can fritter it away sleeping in and watching Netflix. If you’re hoping it’ll be the former than the later, here are 15 suggestions to get the wheels turning.
Set up a college visit or two during Spring break. Your teen doesn’t have to wait till their senior year of high school to visit a college they’re interested in. Sophomores and Juniors can get a jump on the process. Consider taking a friend or two of your teen’s or work out having another parent take your kid along with theirs.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Let’s face it, no time is a good time to have your wisdom teeth out. But scheduling the procedure for Spring break will give your child time to recuperate without missing academic assignments or summer vacation opportunities.
Junior and Senior proms are right around the corner – and they’re expensive events. Your teen can use the week to house/pet sit for families going away for the week, do odd jobs for relatives and neighbors, or tutoring fellow students.
A whole week to catch up on homework assignments or get ahead on an assigned project can relieve a lot of stress. Especially if your teen is taking advanced placement classes, there’s always a book to read or a project looming. Knocking that work out makes for a productive Spring break.
Minor Room Renovation
Get your teen to deep clean their room by suggesting a new, more adult paint color for it. You can’t (at least you shouldn’t) paint a room without cleaning it first. Let them get after the cleaning – including carpet cleaning and closet organization – before you assist with the paint.
Explore An Interest
If your teen has expressed an interest in a particular hobby or DIY project, Spring break is an excellent time to pursue it. Purchase a book and/or basic equipment to get started and dive in. It could be the start of a life-long passion.
Shadow Adults At Work
If your teen is trying to figure out a career path, shadowing an adult in a profession they’re interested in is a big help. They could go to work with Mom or Dad if they’re interested in keeping it in the family. Or set up a day or partial day with a veterinarian, plumber, or friend in another occupation of interest. They’ll get a good idea if that’s their path or to keep looking.
Take On Some Home ResponsibilityTeen years are the years to be especially intentional about making sure your kid has life skills. Click To TweetTeen years are the years to be especially intentional about making sure your kid has life skills. One idea is to make your teen responsible for Monday – Friday dinner. They should plan the menu and prepare the meals. Add another dimension by assigning a budget for the weekly dinners and challenging them to stay within it. They’ll learn valuable household management skills they’ll never be taught in school.
Explore Your Town
A lot of adults, not to mention teens, haven’t been to their own town’s attractions because they spend their vacation time traveling to other town’s attractions. So let your teen devise an itinerary to visit a local attraction each day. When your family hosts guests, your teen will be able to offer intelligent suggestions for local activities and attractions.
Grandparents would be thrilled to have your teen visit them. They’ll brag about it to all their friends. So set it up! Time teens spend with grandparents is an investment in their heritage. Though they won’t always have these elders in their life, they’ll always have the memories made together.
Host A Party
Hosting a party is a privilege as well as a responsibility. Let your teen plan a Friday evening party that they’ll spend prior days preparing for. It’s really an organizational life skill because they have to make an invitation list, clean the house, prepare snacks and entertainment, and manage the event. Of course, as a responsible parent, you’ll be there to oversee the party. Did I say your teen will have to clean the house?
Teens can spend Spring break doing something for others. They can help with community Spring Cleanup campaigns, organize their church youth group to clean the Youth Room or visit shut-ins, or volunteer at a local animal shelter. The possibilities are endless. Evaluate your teen’s activities and interests and align volunteer opportunities to suit them.
A lot of kids lack challenging physical activity and set themselves up for an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle. Short-circuit that path by planning a group canoe or hiking trip. Swim or work out at the local YMCA – again with friends. Friends make every activity more enjoyable.
Go On A Mission Trip
Many churches plan mission trips for Spring break weeks. Whether they’re across the continent or across the state, mission trips are a good way to have a productive Spring break. Your teen will help with service projects for the benefit of locals and the glory of God.
It may be that what your child needs most is a break from a go-go-go lifestyle. Maybe a good rest is just what Dr. Mom would order. So turn off the alarm clock. However, that doesn’t mean nothing else is accomplished. Reading a book is restful – and intellectually stimulating. Soaking in a tub is restful – and hygienic. Good conversation with a friend is restful – and therapeutic. Figure out what your teen finds restful and dual purpose.
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