When your kids were younger, family fun took centre stage, whether that meant a riveting game of Chutes and Ladders or a backyard lightsaber duel. But now that the kids are older, how do you get your tweens and teens to want to hang out with ‘the folks’? Besides creating great memories, family fun nights with tweens and teens also means parents worry less about where the kids are going, who they’re with, and what they’re doing. To make ‘hanging with the family’ something tweens and teens look forward to, try these ideas to jumpstart your family fun night.
To up the fun factor, try these mouthwatering ideas:
Everyone loves to watch a great flick. But what can take the movie-watching experience from good to great? Consider upgrading your home theatre environment to create a space where kids want to stay home. Depending on your budget, you could hang fun movie posters, build a new DVD case and install dimmable lighting, (there are less expensive options), install surround sound, and purchase enormous, comfy bean bag chairs for your t(w)eens to lounge in while watching their favorite flicks.
The key is to create a media room that brings everyone together. You want to feel like you’re front and centre.
“Don’t make it the parents’ room that the kids get to use,” says David Pidgeon, CEO of Starpower and a father of three teenagers. “Make it fun for the whole family.”
Creating a fun media room yields a great side benefit, too. “I want our home to be the place that our kids want to hang out with us and their friends,” says Pidgeon. “When you provide a fun atmosphere at home, the kids gather there and you worry less about where they’re going.”
Get your game on! Good-bye Chutes and Ladders and hello strategy games, cooperative games, and party games good for a crowd. Play something fun that engages kids and stimulates their minds.
Need a few ideas? Take your cue from these moms:
Whether you’re whipping up tamales in the kitchen, watching your favorite thriller on the big screen, or playing a board game, you can bring your family together - even the tweens and teens - for a night of fun.
Lisa is a freelance writer and humorist. Check out her writer’s website at lisabeachwrites.com and visit her humor blog at tweeniormoments.com.
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