Things you need to do with your teen

Things you need to do with your teen.

You know right off the bat I’m going to talk about talking with your teen. TALK WITH YOUR TEEN. DO IT. NOW.

 

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Right off the bat…

 

Movies you need to see with your teen:

Lost Boys

Click on the movie titles above for information about the movie (and so you’ll see the right movie)

 

Must do things  to do with your teen:

  • Take your teen to a concert. Not something YOU want to see. Not something you THINK will be culturally enriching. Take them to see a band THEY listen to. Go to a smaller venue. Listen to the music before you go. You might like it. You might like it a lot. Click HERE for guidelines. Click HERE too and HERE.

Night Riots at 2015 Warped Tour - Mountain View, CA. Yes, I was there. It was awesome. I am the coolest mom ever.

Night Riots at 2015 Warped Tour – Mountain View, CA. Yes, I was there. It was awesome. I am the coolest mom ever.

  • Take your teen to Van’s Warped Tour. If you’re the parent who buys the ticket you get in free. What a deal. I saw seven bands that I liked. There were dozens more.
Never Shout Never Posters. Go Chris Drew.

Never Shout Never Posters. Go Chris Drew.

  • Take you teen to the an orchestra concert. Even if you don’t have a major Symphony or Philharmonic orchestra in your area, most communities have excellent community groups. Many high schools and colleges have orchestras. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and GO. Yes, this is the cultural education. You’ll have fun.
  • Go to the zoo. Zoos aren’t just for little kids.
  • Take your teen to a vintage clothing store and try stuff on – both of you. Boys and girls. Rock the vintage stuff.
  • Tell your teenager a bad joke every single day. Laugh out loud. Pretty soon they’ll be laughing along with you.
  • By the time our children get to high school and college the family pets are ancient senior citizens. Keep the love going but make sure you are there for your kids when the four-legged members of your family move on. It sucks but it seems like most teens live with ancient pets – well-loved ancient pets.
  • Cook with your teen, even if you’re a Vampire. When they get into college their roommates will love them if they can cook. Everyone loves a good cook.
  • Go for walks at least twice a week. It gives you a chance to talk and spend some quiet time together. No phones.
  • Go to a baseball game. Any team will do – professional, high school, college, T-ball. It is all fun.
  • Go roller skating.

 

Talk to your teen about:

  • Sex (if you aren’t responsible enough to use protection you are not responsible enough to have sex. Sex is normal but just because you are physically able to do it you might not be emotionally ready. High School is a fun time – don’t complicate it with sex. Yes, the conversation is easy. Don’t lecture, just discuss and let them know they can come to you and trust you for good fact based answers)
  • Birth Control (Don’t be silly, cover your Willy. AND ALWAYS use birth control. Even if your kid is not sexually active have this conversation because when they go off to college they WILL become sexually active and they need to know how to be smart about it.)
  • Diet: Eat right. Don’t pack on the pounds with the Starbucks Ultra Thick Carmel Chocolate Mocha Bomb every single day.
  • History: You don’t know where you are going until you know where you’ve been. Talk about your history, your Uncle Duff’s history, George Washington, or anything that has happened before the year your child was born. Tell them about the old days before personal computers and copiers and cable TV. Tell them about MTV when they actually played music. Tell them about seeing The Rolling Stones in concert when Keith Richards was hot (they won’t believe you so you’ll have to show them photos.)
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Yes, this is Keith before he died and came back as himself.

 

Watch silly YouTube videos with your teenager.

I suggest:

  • SMOSH Teleporting Fat Guy
  • Anything with cute animals
  • Famous Rap Battles of History
  • Short horror films
  • Make-up tutorials
  • More cute animals
  • Music your teen likes
  • Music you like

 

Alright, that should have filled up your brain and your time. I’ll have more later.

What would you add to the list? What do you and the teens in your life do together? Let us know.

Have fun

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

11 thoughts on “Things you need to do with your teen

    • The seven I saw were Pierce the Veil (the big act of the day), Never Shout Never, Night Riots, Handguns, Koji, Neck Deep, and Man Overboard. There were a few others we would have liked to see but the schedule overlapped. I counted at least 10 stages. Pierce the Veil isn’t my favorite but it is one of my child’s favorites so it was really exciting for her to see. They were really good. My favorite was Night Riots. I think they’re one of the best new bands to come out in the past 30 years. I’ve seen so many of these bands before – it is interesting to see them grow up from barely adults to mature musicians (and grown men.) I like the more intimate venues like Warped Tour and smaller clubs where the musicians can see who is listening to them and actually interact. I’m also impressed by the talent of these bands. They know their craft. No auto tuned garbage or crap like that. It is real music from real musicians. I might not like all of it but I absolutely respect it.

  1. (the picture) Just an example of “hangin’ out” ???
    The only teens I’m exposed to regularly are grandkids…, and their mother gets really upset if I interfere with her ideas of upbringing !!! We have them over for weekends and do it covertly ! Nice post, J. 🙂

  2. I’ve done a lot of things on that list with my daughter! (Including taking her to a small-venue concert of one of her favorite singers.) AND yes, I saw the Rolling Stones back in 1981, along with ZZ Top and the Fabulous Thunderbirds as opening bands. All excellent advice, Julliette!

  3. Go to a museum.
    Create art.
    Go fishing.
    Meditate.
    Read the books they are reading in school and talk about them.
    Attempt to play one on one basketball with them.
    Volunteer/Give to charity.
    Foster silliness.
    Collect something (comics, legos, etc)
    Teach them how to take a compliment graciously.

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