Remember the days of bonding with your children when they were young and worshipped the ground you walked on? Back then, it seemed like you could do no wrong.
Your children just wanted your attention. Anything you did with them made their faces light up with happiness.
Unfortunately, those days are long gone. You’re now raising adolescents who think you’re about as uncool as Celine Dion. But does that mean that the days of bonding are over?
Not at all.
In this article, we’ll give you four fool-proof ways to bond with your adolescents, even if they roll their eyes at every word you say.
1. Go on a Trip Together
When is the last time you and your child went on a trip to explore parts of the world that neither of you has ever experienced?
Adolescent students spend hours every day learning about places in the world that pique their interest. Wouldn’t it be a great bonding experience to visit those places together?
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. For around $1,500, you can take your child on a trip to Washington, D.C. and see all the historical landmarks they’ve only read about in school.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, how about jumping on a plane to Europe and exploring medieval castles or The Parthenon.
These will be bonding experiences that you’ll revisit together for a lifetime.
2. Take an Art Class
Art classes in high schools are a dying breed. This is very unfortunate, because students that have had the opportunity to take art classes for four years of school have scored an average of 91 points higher on SAT exams.
But that doesn’t mean the value of art needs to be lost.
Check your social media pages and find out what local art galleries and cooperatives conduct weekly classes. You can bond with your adolescent by attending a beginner’s acrylic painting class, pottery class, or any other art medium you can find.
Not only will it expose them to a new world of art, but they might also find a new skill that will take them away from their iPhones when they get home.
3. Go to a Concert of Their Choice
Maybe your adolescent’s favorite band isn’t Fleetwood Mac or The Eagles. In fact, you might not like the music they listen to at all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bond by going to a concert of their choice together.
Talk to your child and find out what their favorite singers or bands are. Then do some online searching to see if any of those acts are playing within a few hours of where you live.
Get your hands on a couple of tickets and surprise your child with the opportunity to go see the musicians they love.
You might even expose yourself to a new genre you didn’t know you’d enjoy.
4. Schedule One Meal Together Every Day
This might sound like it’s straight out of the 1950s, but eating together still remains a powerful bonding experience.
Don’t feel like you need to cook an elaborate meal every night and sit down to a “how was your day today?” conversation. Instead, make it fun.
Cook breakfast together before the hectic day ahead. Give them the responsibility of preparing the eggs or toast. Then talk for a few minutes while you eat before heading out.
Those few moments each day will go a long way toward bonding with your adolescent.
Bonding with Your Adolescent Doesn’t Need to Be Difficult
Although it’s not as simple as it was ten years ago, you can still bond with your child. This type of bonding is on a very different level than what you were used to back then.
The good news is that bonding with your adolescent will lead toward developing a genuine relationship as they reach adulthood.
With these four ideas, you’ll be well on your way to a healthy relationship with your ever-growing children.