Teenage Summertime Blues

It is time to figure out what your teens will be doing with their summer to avoid the Teenage Summertime Blues.

Teenage Summertime Blues

Teenage Summertime Blues

The school year ends in about one month and summer is rapidly approaching. It is time to figure out what your teens will be doing with their summer to avoid the Teenage Summertime Blues. There are plenty of good constructive things for them to do, and multiples more of irresponsible and troublesome tasks they could get into without some guidance.

Start with each of you making a list. Have your teen make a list of what they want to do during their summer vacation and you make a list of what you would like to see them do. They will likely scoff and create a short list that includes playing video games, staying on the computer, watching television and skateboarding. Your list will likely contain items such as get a job, clean the garage and don’t sleep all day. If you require 20 items on each person’s list, and it will take some effort, you may see similar activities and that is a great place to start.

Through out the school year their daily activities are fairly well spelled out for them, but now they have excess time on their hands. If both of you don’t plan together accordingly, this could be a summer no one will soon forget. Since neither of you want to see your teen grounded until they are 18 years old, you might as well put your heads together and come up with a summer game plan.

Try to create a schedule. Let them sleep late, but not too late and certainly not everyday. If they do not have a paying job outside of the home, have them finish their chores right after breakfast. Then, the rest of the day is free for activities. Going to the movies, miniature golf and the skate park all cost money. It is time for your teen to start making some of their own spending money. They could do some baby-sitting, mow lawns, offer dog sitting or walking services and other minor chores for your neighbors and friends.

If they are old enough, have them put in applications at grocery stores, fast food restaurants and local computer or the movie theater. Teach them how to properly complete an application. Have them write a resume. Sure there won’t be a job history, but there is school, church and social activities they can list. Have them call two adults and ask their permission to be used as a reference. Even if they do not get a job this summer, it is great practice and experience for them to at least try to land a job. Make sure you explain to them how taxes are taken out of their wages. When my oldest got her first job, she “freaked-out” when she received her first paycheck.

Maybe you can afford to pay them to do some projects in your home such as cleaning the garage, washing the dog. I’m guessing you already have established an allowance system for your teens and if not, watch for that blog at a later date.

I am not suggesting that you preoccupy all of their free time, but if you devise a resemblance of a routine for the summer, your teen should get through the summer without becoming overly bored and getting into too much trouble.

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