Summer vacation is upon us, which leaves me searching for some good summer activities for teens.
All I can think about is the chaos that’s about to ensue with both boys home all day, every day. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending some extra time with them and having a more relaxed schedule. But, there are so many other obstacles that accompany the time they spend at home during summer break.
For one, the fighting.
If our weekends of late are any indication of what’s in store for me this summer, I can be certain that I will be listening to an insane amount of arguing, and breaking up a fare number of fistfights. My boys excel at getting on each other’s nerves. Their inability to coexist makes my blood boil. Now that I’m considering it, maybe that’s part of the reason they argue so often… it’s evident that they thoroughly enjoy watching me lose my crap.
For another, the mess.
Wrappers, pop cans, balls, shoes, video game cases, and controllers are about to take over every clean surface of our living room. Before you wonder why I would let them eat and drink in the living room, I don’t. But, the funny thing about teenagers is that they don’t care. In fact, they find it funny… again, I’m convinced that they thoroughly enjoy watching me lose my crap.
What am I going to do with them?
I sound like my mother. But, now I understand why she used to mutter those words under her breath so often all those years ago. It appears the ages of 13 and 15 are quite challenging. On the one hand, they’re at the age they can be out and about hanging with friends and joining activities. On the other hand, they need their own personal Uber driver. As far as I can tell, my choices are to spend the day driving them around, or stay home and listen to them argue while trashing my house.
We need to come up with a balance that allows me to get some work done, and allows them to maintain a certain level of responsibility, as well as enjoy their time off.
Summer Activities for Teens
Here are a few ideas we came up with for both myself as a mom, and for the boys, to help us keep the fighting and messes to a minimum this summer.