As your kids grow older, it can be difficult to find ways to connect with them. Check out these family bonding activities even your grumpy teen will love.
When you have a teenager—or worse, teenagers—it can get tough to find activities the whole family will enjoy unaccompanied by eye-rolls and scoffs. Teenage years are a very formative time, and the more you know about your child, the easier their transition from childhood to adulthood. Instead of quizzing them about their life, try hanging out with them and letting them casually show you their developing personality, goals, and overall life. Spending time with one another is a great way to bond. Check out these family bonding activities your teens will actually enjoy—and you will, too!
Redecorate their room
It may be your house, but it’s their room. Let them help with the redecoration plans. They can help choose the color scheme, the décor, a theme, and the furniture layout. You can also repurpose furniture from their “little kid” room. For example, a baby dresser can be painted, and the knobs replaced to make it a cool and personalized tribute to their teen years. This activity will lend to your family spending a lot of time working on the room together. From purchasing the perfect paint to learning how to strip a piece of furniture, you’ll get lots of face-time with your teen.
Throw a bonfire
Bonfires are part of most people’s positive childhood memories. Now that your kids are in their teen years, they’re responsible enough to help with the more technical bonfire aspects. They can help gather the wood (even if it’s just from the store), light the fire, keep it going, and make s’ mores and other treats. This leaves room for inside jokes, bonding, and simply talking to and getting to know more about the person your teen is becoming and aspires to become.
Go ax throwing
Take your family out for a fun time and throw some axes. There are many benefits of going ax-throwing with your family, and none are more important than spending quality time with your kids. Kids, especially teens, spend most of their lives discouraged from making messes, being violent, or showing extreme competitive spirit. This activity is sure to be fun, as it safely allows them to do things they can’t normally do.