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Spring Break: 5 ways to make the most of this week

Spring Break: 5 ways to make the most of this week

After a long winter, spring is here. Your teens are ready to enjoy their spring break. This week is the perfect opportunity for teens to relax before the end of the semester.

What do you have planned this week? Maybe your family will go on vacation or spend quality time together at home. Whatever your plans are, we have found five ways that you can influence your teen this spring break:

  1. Reconnect with your teen.

One of the things that I could always count on during high school were long talks with my parents. We’d talk about what kids at school were doing, what was new with my friends, or my current worries. Those conversations were not always groundbreaking. However, they are some of my fondest memories. They helped me feel connected to my parents and gave my parents a glimpse into what was going on in my life.

So, take a few hours with your teen this spring break and reconnect with them. Ask about their friends, what’s happening at school and their thoughts about their future. Even a simple conversation over breakfast or ice cream can create a lasting impact. Each conversation is an opportunity for you to share your wisdom and learn more about your teen.

  1. Talk with your teen about hard topics.

With the extra time that spring break brings, it’s important to talk with your teen about harder issues. Talking with your teen about peer pressure, alcohol and drunk driving isn’t an easy task. But these are essential topics to cover as the festivities begin.

Make sure that your teen knows that drinking underage is never acceptable. Also, emphasize that it’s never okay to get into a car with a drunk driver, no matter who that driver is. Starting conversations about underage drinking and drunk driving can be hard to do, but they are crucial. According to

  1. Encourage your teen to deal with stress in a healthy way.

High school can be a stressful time for teens. Their grades, sports, social lives, and homework can all seem to pile up every day. This routine changes with spring break though. A week break can give teens much needed rest.

Make sure that your teen knows how important that rest is. Share with them that there are healthy ways for them to relax and deal with the stress they feel during the week. When they’re overwhelmed, they can do things like exercise, read a good book, or relax with music. Encourage your teen to use these coping mechanisms instead of turning to a substance to cope. By using alcohol to handle their stress, they will only run the risk of making the situation worse in the end.

  1. Remind them that you’re there to help.

As a teen, it can be very easy to feel like you should handle your problems on your own. Take a few minutes in your conversations to remind your teen that you’re on their side and that you’re there for them. While on your road trip or over a lunch date, make sure that they know that you’re their biggest advocate. Share that you’re always there to help. Tell your teen to call you for help if he or she is ever in an uncomfortable situation.

  1. Enjoy your time.

Life can go by in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, your teen will be ready to finish their senior year and head off into their career or to college. Spring break gives you a great opportunity to soak up and enjoy the time that you get to spend together now.

Use the time you have this week with your teen to have a great talk and reconnect. Your teen will remember the conversations you have now for a lifetime.

Kaitlyn Inman
kaitlyn@missourisafeandsober.com
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