This post is created in partnership with Stress Health, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness. All opinions are our own.
When it comes to raising my daughters, I always knew that the baby stage was tiring and hard in its own way. Raising a teen has proven itself to be a different kind of challenging. I’m dealing with an actual person who comprehends so much that is being thrown at her.
Raising a teenager means that I have so much moreto do to connect with her. With all the pressures fromschool and friends and her amazing grades this winter, I want to encourage my teen to have a little fun. It’s important for my child’s mental health that I continue to build up her self-esteem and ensure that she’s happy and healthy.
I know my teen can get stuck in the “I’m so bored and I have no friends” state of mind. A lot of families in Southern California travel during holidays. But in our family, there aretwo working parents,andwe have to stay at home. We don’t take vacations away like many of her peers, and it can become rather lonely after weeks away from school. This list is just a fun list to inspire you to get out and have some fun with your teen.
25 Fun Winter Activities For Your Teen
- Go ice skating.
- Go sledding.
- Build a fort or “teen cave.”
- Bake cookies.
- Go on a winter hike.
- Get a manicure.
- Build a fire and roast marshmallows.
- Go star gazing.
- Do online workout or dance videos as a family.
- Visit a museum.
- Take an art class.
- Host a movie marathon.
- Try a new recipe for dinner.
- Build a website.
- Visit the library.
- Find an indoor waterpark or pool.
- Plan a Valentine’s Day party.
- Host a sleepover.
- Learn a new craft project.
- Play a board game.
- Create your own day spa with homemade facials.
- Create a video or book.
- Go on a digital detox.
- Create a daily mantra and print it out to read every day.
- Take the time to organize spaces that may need it.
You can learn more about the effects of toxic stress on children at the Stress Health website. You can find out if your children are at risk and what you can do to help them.