Life with teenagers. Sometimes all they want to do is stay in their room, play video games, or be on their phone. So how do we get them involved for the holidays? As they get older interests change and switching up traditions or adding new ones, helps to get the teens interested and involved in the holiday.
Teens also love to have input so start by asking them what would they like to do this holiday, what traditions are their favorites and what activities they have no interest in participating in. You may be surprised by their responses.
- Help your teens host a Friendsgiving for their friends. The teen years are all about friends and a special dinner for them and their friends is a big win in their eyes. Ask them what help they need organizing and offer to make a few dishes for them to share (or offer to help plan the menu if they want to host instead of doing it potluck style). Day of the event, offer support with setup but them let them take over and give them privacy so they can just hang out and enjoy their time with friends.
- During the month of November take turns sharing what you’re thankful for. Share during dinner or write notes and hang up notes on a wall.
- Start a Black Friday tradition of an morning hike instead of hitting the mall.
- Volunteer as a family delivering meals or serving at a shelter.
- Run a Turkey Trot 5K as a family. Dress up for some extra fun
- When your kids are teens it’s the perfect time to start teaching them how to cook your Thanksgiving dishes so that one day they can host.
- Put your kids in charge of making Thanksgiving dessert – they will love having the responsibility for the final course of the meal.
- Put your kids in charge of the table decorations – centerpiece, place settings. Let them get creative and enjoy their responsibility for the day.
- Host a family and friends touch football game. Make sure to create a fun trophy for the event that can be passed around in future years.
- Host a family competition of minute-to-win-it games