Common Mistakes Parents Make When Parenting Teens – Don’t spend quality time with their teens

Mistake – Do not spend quality time with their teens – some parents don’t spend time with their teens and don’t even know their interests.

Solution: As parents it is important to spend time with your teen.  The easiest way to do that is to figure out what they like to do and join them.   For example, if your teen loves baseball, then go to a local game or together watch a game on TV.  You may also play and join him playing baseball with his friends.  Both of you could research baseball to learn about famous players so that you can have a thoughtful talk with him and his friends. You could start collecting baseball cards. This will help build a strong relationship with your teen and he will appreciate your interest.

When our kids were very young we bought a condo in the Colorado Mountains.  It was one of the best things we have done.   In the winter we skied.  Summers in Colorado are beautiful so we hiked, biked, went to concerts, shopped, and ate out a lot.  July 4th celebrations were like small town celebrations.  We went from town-to-town watching parades, participating in contests and ending up with fireworks over Lake Dillon.  Those were great opportunities to bond with our kids because their friends were not along.

What are your favorite things to do with your teens?

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