And finally, the Tips 6 – 10 for surviving holidays with your teenagers – the key is a positive attitude to the holiday, expect have a great time and you will!
6. Give them money for them to spend on what they want to buy.
7. Stay calm and sometimes stay quiet – remember to pick your battles. I know what I am like at the beginning of a holiday, perhaps a little grumpy and snappy, this doesn’t help in setting the tone for the holiday.
8. Let them sleep as long as they want to, don’t have a go about everything and don’t nag them! Give them some space, be positive and you may be surprised by their response.
9. Use the holiday as an opportunity to build your relationship with your teenager, use time with them to encourage and build them up. Use one-on-one time to reflect on the past few months and discuss with them what they might like to change about themselves or their circumstances and how they could do this. I have done this successfully for the last 8 years and it is amazing what your teenager is willing to discuss in a relaxed, holiday environment.
10. Introduce family routines and rituals, children appreciate these whatever the age, for example, always go out for a family meal on the middle night, have a midnight family barbecue on the beach.
Hope you all have a fantastic holiday with your teenagers – I know we will… (I do practice what I preach!)