Speaking Point: Let’s face facts….traveling can be a bit boring for anyone, let alone teens! At least when your teen was younger, you could play I SPY, or a plethora of car games that entertained everyone. But let’s get real. This is a new generation of kids, and technology is what’s it’s all about. . As a matter of fact, I recently was a spokesperson for Panasonic, and had the opportunity to demonstrate to parents how technology could be used to bring families together to spend quality time, Here are some tips on how to keep your teen from being bored! You can try some old fashioned games as well.
Speaking Point: Create a digital family travel album. Assign everyone to document the trip day by day by taking photos. Spend the time when traveling, viewing all of the photos and organizing them into a photo album. Be sure to discuss each photo because they will provide an insight into how the family member perceived the day.
Speaking Point: Play your child’s favorite video game with him. . Take some time and play your child’s favorite video game. Not only will he have a blast watching you make mistakes, but this will give you an opportunity to observe just why your child loves this game so much. This special time together will make your child will feel that you care. Enjoy, and you won’t even have to let him win! This will break up the monotony of him playing alone.
Speaking Point: Watch a movie on a portable DVD player or car video system. The act of watching the movie is entertaining, but the real family connection stems from the discussion afterwards. Talk about various themes in the movie and how they apply to family situations. Be sure to ask open ended questions to avoid “yes” or “no” answers and prompt meaningful dialogue.
Speaking Point: Let your kids listen to their i- pod- Perhaps you can switch i-pods and learn to appreciate each other’s music, and then talk about it afterwards to help create a connection and stop some of the boredom.
Speaking Point: Card Games- You can try some good old fashioned card games. Usually teens never are too old for this!
Speaking Point: Bring a friend-Have your teen bring along their BFF on the trip. Trust me, it works! They will keep each other occupied being goofy