By Trace Embry
2014 is here! Start this year by intentionally participating in some family new year activities that will help facilitate a better relationship with your teen.
Not sure what kind of new year activities will help develop a relationship with your teenager. Today’s post will give you 8 suggestions.
Below are some new year activities you and your family can do to help jump-start a healthy relationship with your child. First, it is important to grasp the concept of a true relationship. We recommend following the steps laid out in our article 7 Pillars of an Authentic Relationship.
8 New Year Activities to Help Facilitate Relationships
1. Discern the type of entertainment you allow in your home. Intentionally use media to spark deeper conversations.
2. Schedule a time in the weeks to come for a family wide media fast. This means, turn it off; all of it. To take the challenge further, completely limit even phone calls and text messages.
3. If you are not already involved with a church, find one that meets your family’s needs. If you are involved with a church, use 2014 to deepen your involvement.
4. Be intentional about regular discussions with your kids.
5. Eat together! In today’s high paced culture, family dinners have become a lost art. Take the time to schedule family dinner nights.
6. Take vacations and road trips together. This produces rich memories for your family, and opens up an opportunity for discussion.
7. Laugh together!
8. Look for teachable moments within today’s current events. 2013 certainly presented its share. From Miley Cirus to the many political blunders, you can take the time to elaborate on the logical outcome of today’s events. Use questions like: “What will be the likely outcome of this?” or “What if another option had been chosen?” During these discussions you can instill in your child how to evaluate their own choices.
Listen to more in-depth advice in our audio discussions about activities to facilitate relationships.
What are some new year activities you have planned for your family in 2014?