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Keeping in touch with your teenager as they grow can be challenging.  However, there are a few tactics which will strengthen your relationship and be fun too!  While some activities you may not be too keen on, it’s better to think of the bigger picture and why you are doing them.  It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know your teenager all over again, what they like and don’t like and your relationship will also be more relaxed.


Go Walking

walking as a way of having fun with your teenager

Walking is good for you and the fresh air is also great.  The leaves are starting to fall from the trees so it’s the best time to go for a walk and kick up some leaves.  My son loves doing this still and it’s the perfect time to have a chat without the constraints of sitting side by side.  This also helps if it’s a topic they feel embarrassed about!


Cooking & Baking

cooking and baking ways to have fun with your teenager

Everyone loves making buns, and even better is eating them!  Get your teenager in the kitchen and cook together.  It also improves communication skills.  Remember it is a fun activity so don’t get too hung up on any mess that is made!


Watch a Movie

watching a movie ways to have fun with your teenager

Let your teenager choose a movie and watch it with them.  It may not be Shakespeare but that’s not the point.  Get your popcorn and be ready for an action packed movie.


Arts & Crafts

arts and crafts ways to connect with your teenager


Making things together is another great way to engage with your teenager.  It can be anything for making Christmas cards or painting and drawing.  You could even taken a course together.


Sometimes it can be difficult engaging with your teenager but if you engage in something fun together connecting will start to improve.  Having fun together most certainly increases that connection.



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  1. November 13, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Great tips!! Especially the walking one! I always find it easier to have the deep and meaningfuls with my teens out and about!!

    • admin
      November 13, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      Exactly. I think it must be the fact they aren’t looking at you so they often find it easy. It’s a difficult time so I always make time for walking just so they can chat about what’s bothering them if anything! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Sarah Cuttle
    November 13, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Love your blog.

  3. Tracy Nixon
    November 13, 2017 / 10:32 am

    As I am very arty, I do loads of art and craft activities with my little ones and also baking, and playing family games x

  4. November 13, 2017 / 11:11 am

    These are lovely ideas. My boys are still very young but I shall remember this when the teenage years hit us!

    • admin
      November 13, 2017 / 12:56 pm

      Ah thank you Jo. Thank you for stopping by too 🙂

  5. Angela Treadway
    November 13, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Cooking and arts and crafts. We love playing board games too x

  6. iain maciver
    November 13, 2017 / 11:13 am


  7. Hayley Atkins
    November 13, 2017 / 11:29 am

    Gardening (growing our own food) and lots of drawing.

  8. Sarah - Mud cakes and wine
    November 13, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Some great ideas, my nieces love cooking and watching movies x

  9. Kim Neville
    November 13, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Practise gymnastics with my son and learn some new moves on the trampoline, playing different games and exploring different parks

  10. sue moore
    November 13, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    love rafting, sewing and gardening with my grand children, teaching them basic crafts in their childhood is fab fun

    • sue moore
      November 13, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      crafting not rafting lol

  11. jo liddement
    November 13, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    I love crafting and i make things out of driftwood and shells with my son

  12. Jo Hutchinson
    November 13, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    We love baking and making cards

  13. fiona waterworth
    November 13, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    we love doing anything arty, especially making collages

  14. Hayley F
    November 13, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Playing board games x

  15. Liam Fitzpatrick
    November 13, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Love baking, a good old bannana bread, yum!

  16. Rachel Craig
    November 13, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Read stories, play board games, go to cinema,etc.

  17. November 13, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    So good to see about connecting with teens. I feel they so often get missed out in more ways than one. Really great post! Xx

    • admin
      November 14, 2017 / 8:37 am

      Thank you Sophie. 🙂

  18. November 13, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I definitely don’t do enough with my teenager. He loves it when it’s just the two of us and I know I should do it more. We did a high ropes course in the summer which was great fun!

  19. claire woods
    November 13, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Playing board games.

  20. Adrian Bold
    November 13, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    We always seemed to live very close to large woodland areas – so we had loads of fun exploring ./ playing in them.

  21. Solange
    November 13, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    We love to spend time playing outdoors together. We camp, we swim, we ride, we run, we climb, we jump in muddy puddles, we play games and we garden. It keeps us strong and healthy in body and mind. Doing it all together makes it easy and fun.

  22. Sarah Lambert
    November 13, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    My kids love to bake which is great as we get to eat some yummy things 🙂

  23. Tricia cowell
    November 13, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    I do a fair bit of baking and decorating cakes together with the kids

  24. Andrea Smith
    November 13, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    We always watch a movie together at the weekend. This weekend my daughter made some cookies too.

  25. paula cheadle
    November 13, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    I try do do at least 1 thing a day with each of them

  26. Amanda tanner
    November 13, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    Love playing games with my niece plus it keeps her quiete

  27. Lynsey Buchanan
    November 13, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Lots of things like play board games, baking, arts and crafts etc.

  28. Lorraine Tinsley
    November 13, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    Baking, painting, drawing, walking, scooting, they like going ot the park as well, there isn’t much they don’t like!

  29. November 13, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    Lots of crafts, baking, gardening and trying to get out and play

  30. Janie-Fleur Matcham
    November 14, 2017 / 12:01 am

    I do loads with my kids I mostly find teaching them about nature fun teaching them the beauty of that spider in his web and so on.

    November 14, 2017 / 12:06 am

    Painting and drawing mostly, Also other crafts when we have time.

  32. john prendergast
    November 14, 2017 / 12:14 am

    we like playing video games together

  33. Misty
    November 14, 2017 / 12:29 am

    dance parties!!

  34. Nuala R
    November 14, 2017 / 1:18 am

    board games its fun

  35. Natalie Gillham
    November 14, 2017 / 1:41 am

    Me and my daughters like to go to see musicals at the west end!

  36. Mary H
    November 14, 2017 / 1:43 am

    We do yoga and HIIT together. Love the idea of doing craft things.

  37. Graham Ross
    November 14, 2017 / 5:18 am

    We do lots of arts and craft activities together,including painting

  38. amy bondoc
    November 14, 2017 / 5:28 am

    we do alot of arts and crafts baking and play board games

  39. Ren Taylor
    November 14, 2017 / 6:55 am

    Baking is always popular as we can eat the goodies afterwards!

  40. Sue McCarthy
    November 14, 2017 / 7:08 am

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

  41. Heather Haigh
    November 14, 2017 / 7:09 am

    We love to craft together, to watch films, and to play board games.

  42. Suzanne Jackson
    November 14, 2017 / 7:21 am

    We play boards games and cards

  43. stuart hargreaves
    November 14, 2017 / 7:23 am

    play football on the local park well it’s just kicking the ball

  44. November 14, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Good pointers! I have a teenager Son and we bond over Movies and crafts! I will now add “Walking” to the list!

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  45. Keith Glover
    November 14, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Definitely baking is a favourite

  46. clair downham
    November 14, 2017 / 9:52 am

    baking and playing board games

  47. November 14, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I think that cooking and baking is a fantastic opportunity to connect with children of any age and is an activity that I often did with the children when I was a registered child minder, my teenage son likes to walk the dog with his dad when he wants to chat#triamphanttales@_karendennis

  48. Lorna Ledger
    November 14, 2017 / 10:49 am

    My daughter is 17, we enjoy shopping, spa days, making tea, crafting, and watching films

  49. November 14, 2017 / 11:16 am

    My eldest is 14 and if I can drag her away from homework or revision it’s a miracle. That said, we did watch a couple of episodes of Dance Mom’s last night #triumphanttales x

    • admin
      November 14, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Well I guess doing homework isn’t so bad haha!

  50. helen tovell
    November 14, 2017 / 11:25 am

    My teenager enjoys the baking, arts and crafts and watching telly with us but says no to the walking

  51. Helen Thurston
    November 14, 2017 / 11:34 am

    cooking, arts & crafts, beachcombing, movie nights

  52. November 14, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    Great ideas! I definitely find that I have to work harder to spend intentional time with my 12 year old!

  53. Amy Wright
    November 14, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    My son loves doing puzzles, painting, colouring and doing crafts

  54. a
    November 14, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Geocaching, if you don’t know what it is, you need to Google it

  55. Chris Andrews
    November 14, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    What fun things do you do with your child? . . . . .walks / days out / craft / cinema etc etc

  56. Debbie Smith
    November 14, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    fab tips there xx we like to crochet geeky characters xx

  57. Andrea Fletcher
    November 14, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    We have been making Autumn pictures with leaves and we like baking.

  58. Kieran Walsh
    November 14, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Great Gran Children, love Saturday cooking with Nan,Forest walks (if dry),with Grandad, and Bunty the dog,They are all so busy making Christmas cards

    November 14, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    we like to walk the dog through the woods.

  60. katie smith
    November 14, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Arts and crafts and baking.

  61. Laura Pritchard
    November 14, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    We go on geocaching walks, we do adult colouring books together, and we create treasure hunts!

  62. November 14, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    I do all of these things with my 12 year old daughter. I have just introduced her to dirty dancing, she loves it.

  63. Sidrah Ahmed
    November 14, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    My kids love to do baking and arts & crafts

  64. Sheena Batey
    November 14, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    We used to go on long nature walks picking up leaves etc.

  65. Carole Nott
    November 15, 2017 / 10:46 am

    great little giveaway – would suit my niece lovely

  66. Rachel White
    November 15, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    I have teenage twins so going out tracking with the 3 hounds is what we do together daily

  67. Claire glace
    November 15, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    So much, We bake, have craft afternoons, go dog walking and beachcombing, and love to go on picnics x

  68. Jo
    November 15, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I make an effort to do lots with them, my oldest loves anything art and craft so we do a lots of that

  69. Casey
    November 15, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Great ideas. Going on long walks and baking together are some of my family’s favorite bonding activities!

  70. November 15, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Great ideas, have to keep in mind when mine are teens.

  71. Kirsty Greer
    November 16, 2017 / 7:11 am

    We love a day in the kitchen x

  72. claire w
    November 16, 2017 / 10:55 am

    We love being crafty and making things and baking aswell as going out on walks, bike rides and playing fun family games on rainy days 🙂

  73. Judy Kennedy
    November 16, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    We are both learning judo

  74. Hannah Ingham
    November 16, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    We always craft and when it’s not raining we geocache!

  75. Laura Avery
    November 16, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Anything we are learning via art and play

  76. Jade Pawley
    November 16, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Arts & craft…Anything we can make we love.

  77. Robert Price
    November 16, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Fun days out

  78. Anneka Avery
    November 16, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    We volunteer at a local dog shelter!

  79. Lorraine Stone
    November 16, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    We do a lot of home baking, cookies and cakes.

  80. sheri Darby
    November 16, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Lots of creative stuff and walks to the park

  81. Fiona jk42
    November 16, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I like to do crafts with my little granddaughter. Last time we went for a walk and collected lots if interesting leaves, some acorns and conkers. When we got back to my daughter’s house we spent an hour or so painting the leaves and using them to stamp leaf shapes on paper, then covered some leaves and acorns in glue and sprinkled glitter on them, and then made a collage.

  82. Sarah Austin
    November 16, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    We go bowling!

  83. November 17, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Great tips. My daughter is in the tween stage and as we have recently just got a car again we use it to take time to go for a drive together #blogstravaganza

  84. Philippa Turner
    November 17, 2017 / 9:38 am


  85. November 17, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I love these ideas. I find they get teens to talk without the awkwardness of sitting down for a chat. Going for a drive can be good for that too.

  86. Lisa Dolatowski
    November 17, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    lots of colouring in, making cards, homemade baking.

  87. Anne Brookes
    November 17, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    we love to walk the dogs in the park

    November 17, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Loads of role playing with grandson toys, picnic sets, kitchens, lego etc

  89. November 17, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    We love baking and going for walks together as a family. Quality time is the best! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  90. Ray Becker
    November 18, 2017 / 9:52 am

    we go to theme parks

  91. Lauren Stebbings
    November 18, 2017 / 10:27 am

    My daughter has just got an interest in sewing so I’ve been doing simple bits with her by hand 🙂 My son likes to cook so we make yummy things to eat 😀

  92. Pauline Wilson
    November 18, 2017 / 10:32 am

    We like baking – brownies at the minute, painting our nails and shopping

  93. Allan Fullarton
    November 18, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    We enjoy making xmas decorations.

  94. alison fisher
    November 18, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    we do make up tutorials from you tube then fall about laughing at how bad ours is compared to the person showing us lol

  95. November 18, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    These sound fab activities to do something fun together and enjoyable. It allows them to feel connected and better relationship X #blogstravaganza

  96. Ruth lee
    November 18, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Baking and going to the park

  97. Sarah Cooper
    November 18, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    We love crafting together and drawing.

  98. Karen Durrant
    November 19, 2017 / 7:00 am

    My son is 14 but we still love to have silly dances together and make each other laugh. We, go for walks collecting stuff like pine cones, shells and driftwood and then make things out of what we collect.We go on Dartmoor and try to find the hidden stamps (letterboxing) and call in at the farm shop for lunch- he loves going out for food! We love to chat about allsorts of things We listen to music together and he shows me music and game videos he has made and I tell Im proud of him.. We talk when hes feeling down and I listen to his problems, he always thanks me for listening and tells me he fells better afterwards.

  99. Stevie
    November 19, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    We like to craft on Sunday afternoons with my niece.

  100. Teresa sheldon
    November 19, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    We love to on fine weekend afternoons go out to the local woods or along the coast treasure hunting for shells, cones and interesting bits n bobs then when its a rainy day we make thinks with them the kids love it

  101. laura stewart
    November 19, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    we love baking x

  102. Donna W
    November 19, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    My oldest 2 are grown up now so we like to go out for food or catch up over a glass of wine or sometimes just chill out with popcorn and a movie. My youngest 2 are very little still so we love getting out to the park or for walks in the woods, reading together, baking or making a mess with arts and crafts.

  103. Jennifer Baker
    November 19, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Climbing! Indoors and outdoors x x x

  104. Angie McDonald
    November 19, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    I try to bake with them every weekend, do crafts on a Sunday morning and play board games when it’s rainy

  105. Clare Parker
    November 19, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Me and my children like to do arts and crafts, coloring etc xx

  106. November 20, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I think watching a movie and/or netflix would have to be the best tip for me with a teenager! They’re so difficult to engage with arent they?????!!!!!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back again tomorrow!

    • admin
      November 21, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Indeed but it does get better haha!

  107. Ruth Harwood
    November 22, 2017 / 9:56 am

    We love baking and painting xx

  108. Rich Tyler
    November 29, 2017 / 2:59 am

    Play Doh, Drawing, Baking, Crafts

  109. janine atkin
    November 30, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    we like to chat in the evening (he usually sees im reading and then comes and sits by me and starts chatting lol)

    December 3, 2017 / 11:21 am

    We enjoy cooking food together and baking cupcakes too.

  111. December 6, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    We practise my fitness routines together (I’m a group exercise instructor) in the front room or the back garden.

  112. Kev Cannon
    December 7, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    We hunt pokemon together using the pokemon go app – it is good to get outside and walk and we can have fun and also get some much needed exercise

  113. Amanda Parkinson
    December 7, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    We have been making Christmas paper chains and tree decorations,

  114. kaye steeper
    December 9, 2017 / 8:17 am

    i wish tazers had been invented so i could engage with my teens , now theyre grown my grandson is so much easier we actually share interests

  115. Diana
    December 9, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Learning karate 🙂

  116. Daisy Belle
    December 9, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Baking cupcakes

  117. Constance Pearce-Romayne
    December 9, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    My 5 year old loves baking

  118. sharon martin
    December 9, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    baking cakes

  119. Libby Noack
    December 9, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    We love Arts and Crafts especially making Scrapbooks.

  120. Susan B
    December 9, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Baking, drawing, collages and a bit of card making too.

  121. Lina Farrell
    December 9, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Great tips. I have a 16 year old Son and it can become harder to keep them engaged in family time. We love long walks outdoors, there is beautiful scenery here in Scotland. Also family holidays now include lots of fun active things to do.

  122. Simone Griffin
    December 9, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    We love to go to theme parks

  123. Nancy Bradford
    December 9, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    Going to our local country park and at least one per month visiting a NT property with her.

  124. Marie Rule
    December 9, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    I like to do lots of crafty things with my child to bring out their artistic side.

  125. Sadiyya Maryam
    December 9, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    We love playing board games and going for long walks and to museums to learn about things she’s learning in class or interested in. She has a vivid imagination so loves writing stories together.

  126. Natalie Crossan
    December 9, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    We love playing monopoly xxx

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