Being a teenager can be tough and parenting them is certainly a challenge at times which can mean taking a vacation with them while they are still under your guidance can be stressful.
It doesn’t have to be that way and if you follow a few simple survival tips you should be able to plan and enjoy the perfect vacation where everyone’s happy.
Here is a look at some of the strategies and ideas that should keep the smiles coming from parents and teens alike, including a mindset that helps you cope with mood swings, and a suggestion to ensure that they burn calories in a rewarding way.
The right approach
If you think back to your teenage years you probably tried or at least thought about rebelling against your own parents and all the hormonal reactions you experienced to being told what to do are just coming back at you with your own kids.
The no-brainer approach to making the vacation as successful as possible is to treat them like a teenager. In other words, understand that one minute they might say they hate you because of the rules you are imposing and the next they are asking for some money to go and get something.
You might think that this is stereotyping all teenagers but if you put yourself in their shoes and appreciate that they might not want to wander around a museum or historical site for hours, you can at least find some middle ground.
Find some things to see and do that they will definitely think are cool and not boring and if you add those into the itinerary they have less reason to complain when it’s your turn to do something they are not so keen on.
Energy to burn
It’s a good idea to try and find a hotel like the Waterfront Breakwater Lodge Marriott Protea, for instance, so that you are staying in an area where you are close to plenty of activities that your teens can get involved with.
A simple fact of life about most teenagers is that they need to burn some calories and channel some of that energy. If you don’t find some opportunities to let them let off steam in a good way it could cause some friction that could have been avoided.
If you are in a beach area there might be a chance for a suitable watersport that they are old enough to get involved in or even a hike might do the trick if you have the energy to keep up with them too.
The main point to consider is that if you take a positive view about spending vacation time with your teenager there is always the distinct possibility that you all might have a good time and the memories you bring back from the trip are happy ones.
Remember what it was like to be a teen yourself and that will help you plan a great family holiday together.