Surviving holidays with teenagers!

Teenager on the beach

I thought I would share my top 10 tips for surviving and enjoying holidays with teenagers over the next 5 weeks.

As I sit with my hot water bottle in May I dream of hot summer holidays. As a working mum with teenage daughters relaxing, enjoyable family holidays are essential for me and my husband! I don’t want a miserable or stressful family holiday so I take a proactive approach to managing our holidays to make sure that we all have a great break.

Tip 1

Remember that your teenager also needs a holiday – try to think about your plans from their point of view. If they hate walking, a walking holiday in France probably wouldn’t result in a harmonious family holiday!

I am currently living through GCSEs and A-levels, roll on July! It is ridiculous the amount of pressure our teenagers are under to deliver good results and each subject teacher has a unique ability to pressurise them. Therefore, by the time they get to the end they are desperate for a relaxing holiday.

Yes, I need my holidays but I know my girls need a relaxing break to recuperate ready for the next onslaught.

Tip 2
Have a positive attitude to going on holiday with your teenager, tell them how much you are looking forward to spending time with them even if this gets negative comments and strange looks!

Your attitude to going on holiday will set the tone for the holiday so try to be positive and don’t expect a challenging time with them.

I will talk about ground rules and boundaries next time.

About Ruth James

I am a mum with 3 teenage daughters who is running and organising the Surviving Teenagers workshops locally - these are ideal for parents with children aged 10 - 18yrs.
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