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How to Spend Valuable Time With Your Teenage Grandchildren

June 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 166

Although teenagers shun anything they deem to be babyish, they are not adverse to attention and involvement with the adults in their lives. This is particularly true if there has been a previously close relationship. However, trying to establish a bond when they are in their teens will be difficult if none existed before.

The older teen is more likely to want independence and not to feel as if they are treated like a child. They will respect our efforts if we are flexible, within determined boundaries, sensitive to their feelings and are nonjudgmental. And it will help if we invite a friend of theirs to be included in family fun times, especially when they see that their friend is enjoying the fun. One granddaughter, along with her friend, has stayed overnight on several occasions. And I have taken one young grandson and his friend to the beach and duck pond on occasion and on a weekend camping trip.

If we are interested in them, eager to listen, talk with them and share ideas and feelings with them, they are likely to be more open with us, especially if they know their friends are welcome too.

Teenagers enjoy board games, cards and scrabble. They may also be interested in tennis, going fishing, hiking or perhaps getting involved in the adventure of geocaching. There may be things relating to their specific interests that you can take them to, i.e.: science, space, woodworking, rock climbing, boating, horseback riding, a computer, sewing or art course, etc. They may want to go to the water slides, a movie or a sports game. Some of these things you may not be exactly involved in but they will appreciate the fact that they and their friend likely would not have got there without you.

Perhaps you know someone who has a commercial fishing boat or a sail boat who would be willing to take you and your teenage grandchild out on it. And if your grandchildren are at all environmentally-conscious take them to visit an association that protects fur bearing animals, an owl rehabilitation organization, a wildlife rescue group, a visit to an organization that researches solar energy, winds and tides, an organization that is interested in the preservation of the fish in the oceans and the ecological protection of waterways, a fish hatchery or a dam, Or perhaps go on a bird watching expedition, join a group to learn wilderness skills, visit a Llama farm, go canoeing or kayaking, go on a whale watching trip, make a trip to watch millions of salmon struggle to lay their eggs, thus completing their four year life cycle. Go spelunking in an underground cavern. The YWCA and the YMCA offer a variety of programs. Visit a lighthouse, go camping, go to local festivals, an auto or motorcycle show, a boat show, golfing or bowling.

By giving a grandchild the opportunity to try many of these activities, it could instill a lifelong interest and may possibly determine their life goals. At the very least it will, in all probability, encourage them to be interested in spending some quality time with a grandparent.

Sylvia Behnish has written numerous articles relating to family issues, motivational topics, entertaining, travel and brain injuries. For more information on any of these topics, go to her site listed below. She has recently published her first non-fiction book entitled "Rollercoaster Ride With Brain Injury (For Loved Ones)" and her first fiction novel entitled "His Sins", a three generation family saga.

Either of the above books can be ordered by e-mail at the following blog:

http://www.sbehnish.blogspot.com

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