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Bored Teenager? Five Tips to Reduce Summer Boredom

by Eva Macyszyn, BSW, RSW

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For teenagers, summer is a time to take a break from the fast-paced life, to hang out with friends, go to the beach, or find other activities. However, the summer is also a breeding ground for bored teenagers. Here are a few tips to keep your teen from getting bored.

  1. Schedule activities. In a calendar, pencil in your family vacation, summer camp, or any day camps that your teenager will attend. If there are major gaps of free time, find some fun activities to fill them.
  2. Get a job. Gaining work experience is so important, especially or a teenager. Whether working retail at the local mall or scooping ice cream or babysitting, a summer job will not only teach your teen responsibility and work ethic, but it will also be a fun way to spend the summer.
  3. Volunteer. Engage your teenager in activities that are meaningful. There are many opportunities to volunteer in your area: serving meals in a soup kitchen, organizing a charity fundraiser, reading to children.
  4. Join a sports team. Summer is a great time to get outside and get active. There are many sports clubs and teams that provide teens with an outlet to get active and having fun. You can tailor the activity to what your teenager enjoys: baseball, soccer, basketball, dance, etc.
  5. Leave some free time. Teenagers can’t be on a schedule all the time. Allow time for them to do activities that they want to do, like reading, drawing or listening to music.

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