1. A family that blogs together … Teens love to
be online, so use their tech-savvy tendencies for good. Encourage
your kids to post funny family stories, favorite artwork or photos
and tales of life in Tween-ville. Nothing is off limits, but you
get final editorial approval. There are several sites where you can
quickly create a web-log for free (Blogger.com and wordpress.com
are two of my favorites).
2. Hire them as your personal stylist (for a
day). Invite your budding fashion icon into your closet
for an episode of your very own reality series titled: "Make My Mom
Hip." Ask them to help you sort through and pitch the out-of-style
stuff and then create cool outfits with what's left.
3. Form a rock band. We recently received Rock
Band for our gaming system and it's been life-changing. You gotta
dig a video game that allows you to unabashedly rock-out with your
whole family. And my 12-year-old thinks I do "epic vocals" on
Taylor Swift's "Love Story."
4. Instead of Facebook, stick your
faces-in-a-book. If you don't have time for a full-fledged
parent/child book club, create a club for two. Choose a book your
tween is dying to read, go to the library and get a couple copies
and read it simultaneously. Discuss as you go and/or have a special
end-of-book meeting when you've both finished. (Check out Walk Two
Moons by Sharon Creech for girls and The Diamond Brother series by
Anthony Horowitz for boys.)
5. Take your girls to the spa without leaving
home. My friend Suzanne, who has three teenaged girls,
says they LOVE it when she sets up a mani/pedi/facial spa in their
own home. She sets aside a few hours and serves up spa treatments
and mother/daughter bonding with a smile.
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
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