Starting this year as a new principal at middle school has been a wild ride to say the least. I think a coworker of mine said it best though, “the days are long and the weeks are short.”
Now we’re already to Christmas!
But the holiday season is my favorite time of year. A time to reflect, connect, and take care of what matters most.
So despite all that 2020 craziness has brought, we still have an opportunity to love the ones around us. And these three strategies are excellent ways to dive deeper into your relationship with your teen. Not to mention, enjoy some time together. Hope these are useful to you and your current journey.
1. Holiday lights and hot cocoa
This has been a favorite ever since my children were little, and it still continues to deliver smiles even now as teenagers. Make a cup of cocoa in a mug for each family member, drive to where you know some good light displays are located, and crank the Christmas music.
2. Bake some cookies, then decorate them
Finding a simple sugar cookie recipe and giving it a try definitely will lead to time together and enjoyment. The act of completing a task like baking helps a teenager let down their guard and open up. Make sure to prepare some frosting in a Ziploc bag so everyone can have fun making Christmas trees and Snowflakes on the cookies.
3. Decorate and Charlie Brown
If you still haven’t pulled out the tree, reindeer, and Santa trinkets this is a great time to focus on family. Start the tradition with decorating, move to a snack or dessert, and then wrap it all up with a Christmas classic like Charlie Brown or The Grinch. Remember, they are still kids at heart, and want to be a part of something bigger.
Photo by Any Lane
Parent mentor, middle school principal, and author, Bernardo Salcido assists parents with strategies to connect with teenagers.