Monday thru Friday have your constantly going: have to be in a meeting, dance practice, no time for cooking dinner gotta grab something quick, football practice, get home log in to see what you missed in-between time when does it ever end? Just because they are older dosent mean they don’t want to spend time with you. I have personally had this happen to me and yes sometimes I do struggle with it, however, making time for your teens lets them know that you are thinking about them in the midst of everything. If you are a parent of multiples there is always one that needs more attention than the other(s) so here are so tips for when you carve out time (regular time) for your teens:
• Turn off all electronics (phone, cpu, lap top, tablet)
Focus on just the people who are right in front of you! They love you very much (while the attitude may not always show it but they do) Show them just how special they are to you, remember you are creating habits that will reach into their adult hood and affect your grand-babies!
• Eat dinner together
There really shouldn't even be a long explanation on this…..
• Become active with them
Weather permitting, do an outside activity, go for a walk just be in there presence. This allows for open dialogue. Always find out about their day.
• Schedule a family night (my personal favorite)
I will give you an example: In our house we play Monopoly…we have fun and engage in meaningful conversation, laugh and joke with each other.
Now I realize you have a busy life, I do too! But, by taking the time out shows our teens (kids) that we do think about them and life isn't always go-go-go, rush-rush-rush…..You can always show them you love them way better than telling them.