This post is created in partnership with Stress Health, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness. All opinions are our own.
When it comes to raising my daughters, I always knew that the baby stage was tiring and hard in its own way. Raising a teen has proven itself to be a different kind of challenging. I’m dealing with an actual person who comprehends so much that is being thrown at her.
Raising a teenager means that I have so much moreto do to connect with her. With all the pressures fromschool and friends and her amazing grades this winter, I want to encourage my teen to have a little fun. It’s important for my child’s mental health that I continue to build up her self-esteem and ensure that she’s happy and healthy.
I know my teen can get stuck in the “I’m so bored and I have no friends” state of mind. A lot of families in Southern California travel during holidays. But in our family, there aretwo working parents,andwe have to stay at home. We don’t take vacations away like many of her peers, and it can become rather lonely after weeks away from school. This list is just a fun list to inspire you to get out and have some fun with your teen.
25 Fun Winter Activities For Your Teen
- Go ice skating.
- Go sledding.
- Build a fort or “teen cave.”
- Bake cookies.
- Go on a winter hike.
- Get a manicure.
- Build a fire and roast marshmallows.
- Go star gazing.
- Do online workout or dance videos as a family.
- Visit a museum.
- Take an art class.
- Host a movie marathon.
- Try a new recipe for dinner.
- Build a website.
- Visit the library.
- Find an indoor waterpark or pool.
- Plan a Valentine’s Day party.
- Host a sleepover.
- Learn a new craft project.
- Play a board game.
- Create your own day spa with homemade facials.
- Create a video or book.
- Go on a digital detox.
- Create a daily mantra and print it out to read every day.
- Take the time to organize spaces that may need it.
You can learn more about the effects of toxic stress on children at the Stress Health website. You can find out if your children are at risk and what you can do to help them.
Lots of great ideas here !!! Nice post !! keep writing and inspiring people! I’d love to connect with you! I’m on WordPress too! You can find me at http://www.jessierenea.com
Reesa Rei (@ReiReesa) says
That is a great list you compiled! I love the “stargazing” one. I wish I lived in an area where you can see the stars at night! I’m sure teens would love that!
great list indeed.. and we do many of those with a teen and a tween in the house..
as for me, i would like to add runner to my list of what i do.. working towards it..but got the dorky dancer part right for myself too:)
The Crumby Vegan says
Great list of things to do! I would happily do any of these right now and I’m not a teen 🙂
Luci Cook says
Those are all really great ideas. I don’t have a teenage in my life but my niece acts like one so I think she’ll like to do a few of those activities.
Great list!! I love board games…they really can get everyone involved & can create a really enjoyable time!
these are all such good ideas…. especially for someone like me who hates being trapped in the house during the winter months. the spa day at home idea is so fun!