4 FUN WAYS TO ENGAGE WITH YOUR TEENAGER & GIVEAWAY

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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THE ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE FOR YOUR TEENAGER & GIVEAWAY

I am delighted to be sharing with you my Ultimate Gift Guide for a Teenager.  I struggle when it comes to buying for teenagers so this year I thought it best to share what I have found.  Hopefully it will help you make a decision when buying gifts.

I’ve also located the best place to buy the gifts in terms of price.  So head over now and get your gift sorted.

 

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What a fantastic idea The Makery is!  You can buy little kits ranging from the Knickers one to a lampshade.  Will keep ideal hands occupied for hours!

 

 

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A fantastic website Find Me A Gift where there are a fantastic array of gifts on offer.  For me, this leather journal is a must for writing down ideas, setting goals and making dreams.

 

 

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Skin Genius make a fantastic range of skin care products ideal for teenagers.  The SkinGenius range is designed to tackle skin troubles and best of all it contains no junk!  An ideal gift to present to a teenager to help with their skincare routine.  You can buy yours here.

 

 

I hope these gifts give you some inspiration this Christmas as much as they have me 🙂

 

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7 SIMPLE PARENTING HACKS IF YOU HAVE TEENAGERS

Being a parent is wonderful but there are times when it can be extremely challenging.  These 7 simple parenting hacks are to help you.  The teenage years can test us to our limits.  I wanted to share some tips which I hope you will find helpful as you weave your way through the teenage years.

 

Conflict is normal

It can be a shock and hard to accept that conflict with your teenager is normal.  Believe me I deal with it on a regular basis.  But honestly it does have a positive side.  Your teenager is becoming more independent and trying to form their own point of view.  If you need some ways to help you stay connected with your teenager read my blog post here.

 

Be clear in what you expect

While I completely understand the changes happening to my son, he still needs boundaries.  For example, staying safe online is extremely important.  We have certain boundaries but we also explain why we have them in place.  It is always helpful to be clear in what boundaries you have set for your teenager.

 

Spend time and listen to what they have to say

Staying connected to your teenager as they grow is extremely important as you will find with their maturing, your relationship may also change.  Keep spending time with them and doing things together.

 

Respect their point of view

Oh I have to admit this has been the hardest one for me.  Especially when your teenager thinks he knows everything!  I have learned to accept that my son won’t agree with everything that I say.  That as he reads more, listens more and meets new people he will form his own opinions which may be different to mine.  It’s important as a parent to respect their views as you would like them to respect yours!

 

Give them the space they need

I don’t know about you but there are times I just need a little space and time to myself.  That is exactly the same for your teenager.  Remember, they are going through a lot so respecting their need to have some time to themselves will certainly help with communication.

 

Be encouraging and give positive feedback

It can be so easy for me to fall in to the trap of being negative to my son and forgetting to praise him.  I try my best to give him positive feedback and encouragement every single day and I also tell him every single day that I love him.  I find this pays dividends by giving him confidence and showing he is loved.

 

Look after yourself

I find it can be stressful at times being a parent, working and keeping on top of things at home.  So my advice is to look after yourself and remember you are not wonder woman or superman so take some time to yourself!

 

 

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6 TOP TIPS TO HELP YOU DISCIPLINE YOUR TEENAGER

Disciplining is difficult as a parent at the best of times.  It becomes even more difficult with teenagers.  Having a balance between instilling independence in your teenager to setting boundaries means as a parent we have a fine line to tread.

 

Below I’ve listed some ways to help you with discipline for your teenagers.

 

Stay calm & don’t overreact

In the heat of the moment this is the most difficult thing to do but it’s also important.  If you need to give yourself time to calm down, remove yourself from the situation for as long as you need.  Also, do you need to say anything at all?  For example you may not agree with your teenager’s haircut or fashion so let it be.  Of course talk to your partner but some things are best left alone as saying something can cause more problems.

 

Be clear & precise

If you have rules make sure your teenager knows about them and they are clear and fair.  This means if your teenager breaks the rule they know exactly what the consequences are.  I would also suggest you make the ground rules together and talk about what is fair and unfair consequences.

 

Listen first, act second

Don’t go rushing in to a judgement or a punishment without listening to what your teenager has to say.  They may have a valid reason for something but you won’t know until you listen.  Hear what your teenager has to say and then take time to respond in a calm manner.

 

Appropriate punishment

Be fair with your punishment and let the punishment fit the crime.  Of course it will depend on the seriousness of what they have done but again have in your mind what kind of punishments would be suitable for different situations.

 

Follow through

I find this is tough, not just for me but for most parents.  Believe in the ground rules you have set and always follow through.  If you don’t then your teenager will start to take advantage.  Consistency is key to this.   Ask for your partner’s help with this.

 

Don’t forget to praise your teenager

If your teenager has done something good or has consistently kept within the rules, praise them.  This will help your teenager’s self esteem.

 

I hope these tips will help you with disciplining your teenager.  Remember teenagers will want to do different things from what we want them to.  They will also want to find their own way in the world and will rebel against you.  It’s a normal part of growing up.  Before you do discipline your teenager, remember to ask yourself if the situation warrants it.

 

Good luck, let me know how you get on.

 

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STAYING CONNECTED TO YOUR TEEN 101

Round our dinner table is the perfect opportunity for us to relive what has happened during the day.  It’s where we can discuss our achievements, our dreams and have a laugh.

 

You can probably gather that the best way to make that connection with your teen is having dinner together. Research has shown that kids who eat dinner together with family members are less likely to be involved in drugs or alcohol or indeed suffer from depression.

 

Having dinner together on a regular basis is important and I would encourage you to do it and stay connected or help reconnect with your teen.

 

Here are my top tips to help you get started.

Turn off your TV & Smart Phones

We give so much attention to the TV and our smart phones these days.  It’s important to protect family time together.  So prioritise having dinner together as a family after all the world will still be there after 30 minutes!

It’s not just about the food

You don’t have to knock your pan in to cook the ‘perfect’ meal.  Pick an easy recipe and get everyone to help out.  This is especially important if you’ve been working all day or are exhausted.

Remember to listen

Do you know that your teenager wants to talk to you?  Remember to listen to what your teenager has to say. Don’t offer advice unless you are asked.  I know it is difficult as a parent not to go in to advice mode but it does make for a better relationship if you hold off until asked and just listen.

Make it fun

It doesn’t have to be a serious chat if it isn’t needed.  Take turns to select music or choose dessert.  It really doesn’t matter as long as you chat and spend time together.

Make a plan

Agree on which nights will be family nights to have dinner.  Protect those nights too.  Of course plans can change but make this a priority for all the family and don’t miss this important time.

So do you have family meal times?  I’d love to hear how you stay connected to your teen.

 

 

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