Bonding with your teen can seem impossible. You like quiet music; your child likes blasting rock (or whatever it is children listen to these days). Your idea of fun is relaxing with a good book; your child wants to play videogames. With progress making technology and entertainment of even a decade ago obsolete, many parents can feel out of the loop when it comes to finding activities that connect them to their children. However, the good news is, these problems are as old as humankind itself – and in the thousands of years, humans have made significant headway in the matter. Although every situation is different, there are several general ideas to keep in mind when bonding with your teen.
There are many types of bonding with your teen. There is bonding over fun and over routine. Bonding with your teen can be done far away from home or during chores. Finding the perfect balance and ways to bond regardless of the activity will go a long way toward strengthening the parent-child relationship. In other words, there is hardly a situation where the parent and child cannot find ways to reach out to each other.
Tips to Facilitate Bonding with Your Teen
There are numerous activities that can be used to bond. It is important to remember that since everyone’s tastes are different, letting your child have a say in activities is vital. Some ideas for bonding include:
- Family dinner. Cliché as it may be, setting a time for the entire family to come together allows for bonding to occur. Moreover, if the whole family helps out with dinner – cooking or cleaning, for instance – there is ample time to communicate.
- Food and a movie. Taking your kids on a fun “date” allows you to have the intimacy required for your children to open up.
- Take a trip. Whether it’s a long vacation or a weekend getaway, a change of scenery can help clear the issues on everyone’s minds.
- Enjoy adrenaline. While riding a roller coaster may not be every parent’s idea of fun, experiencing an adrenaline rush together with your child can help you connect.
- Exercise together. Exercise releases feel-good hormones that can make opening up easier.
- Wild card. Asking your child what they want to do and then surprising them can make for wonderful spur-of-the-moment memories that will last a lifetime.
Seven Stars Can Help
If you have a 13 to 18-year-old son of daughter struggling with emotional and behavioral issues as a result of their neurodevelopmental disorder, Seven Stars might be able to help. Call us, at 844-601-1167, today for more information on our adventure therapy program and how we can help.