The transition from the school year to summer is stressful for single parents, too, because of the shift to a completely new routine. For instance, the single mom or dad needs to come up with a two month plan for their child's day-to-day summer routine, not to mention the added costs of summer activities and entertainment. These parental problems can rub off on teenagers at home and create even more tension.
If you can relate to any of this, why not shift from the problems and ease into the transition with some new solutions? Try these ideas to navigate the rocky road of change and help your teenager cope:
- Talk to your kids about
their anxiety. Some kids are more
sensitive to change than others. Talk to them about ways to de-stress, like
having them draw out their feelings in an art journal. Or teach them a coping
skill they can use anywhere—deep breathing. Have them practice this calming
strategy at home so they can use it anywhere else when they might need it.
Finally, teach them to meditate by starting with a guided meditation that
quiets the mind and body.
- Sneak more fruits,
veggies, and protein into their diet. Without your kids even
- Help your kids get inspired about creative summer jobs. If your teenagers are old enough to work, but find their options are limited, brainstorm a list of ways they can use their skills to make money like pet sitting, mowing lawns, cleaning homes for elderly neighbors, babysitting, selling baked or craft goods, or working at a family business.
- Plan a family vacation so you and your kids have something to look forward to. Have a family meeting to discuss various options that fall within your single parent budget, and come to an agreement on an idea that would be fun for everyone. To save money, you can camp with a group of other parents and their kids, vacation at motels that offer low rates, or stay with friends and family. Bring coupons with you to use at restaurants, pack your own snacks, and use online discounts when booking activities.
- Be consistent as you
establish new routines. Ease
into the transition by