Our month-long survival guide for parents with children at home: tips for teens

Posted by / Tuesday 31 March 2020 / Activities Parenting Tips
Teens playing chess

At home with the family? Our parenting coach Joanna Miskin suggests 11 things to do with the teenagers (ages 13 and above) at home.


1. Start a book club. Choose a book that everyone will want to read and then download to a Kindle or reading app. There are often book club questions at the end to get you thinking, or you can come up with your own.

2. Have a drawing competition by creating a still life and then challenging family members to recreate it but in different mediums – paint or collage, for example.

3. Dig out any jigsaws or board games that you haven’t all played together in a while.

4. Create an individual, or family, vision board. This can be anything from a series of positive affirmations to things that make you happy or places you all want to travel to. Cut things out from magazine or print items off from the internet to stick on to the board.

5. Help your teen to rearrange their bedroom – this is also a great excuse to tidy up and clear out some drawers. Give them separate bags or boxes for items to recycle, donate or keep.

6. Organise a careers day. Get your teen to take a look at potential careers that may interest them online and what steps they may need to do take in order to be able to pursue them.

7. Plan a three-course meal with items that you already have in the house. Get your child to design the menu, set the table and then get cooking in the kitchen.

8. Choose one evening for a stand-up comedy night. Every family member gets a 10-minute slot and has to come up with as many jokes as possible to fit into that time.

9. Set some time aside for revision but not necessarily in their school subjects. Get them to research a new topic that interests them and pull together a project on it.

10. Grab some old clothes (maybe from that bedroom sort out!) and get upcycling. Cut off old jeans to make shorts, lose sleeves or change a neckline to create something new. If your sewing skills would struggle with this, there are plenty of ideas online at sites such as Love Your Clothes.

11. Put on an exercise DVD or find a yoga or pilates programme online and set up a little gym session in the front room. Physical activity has emotional well-being benefits too - particularly if you can’t get outside.


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