Depending on whether or not your teen will be doing their own thing (with a car) this summer or at home wishing they could, are they ready for summer? Do you have a plan for them? Or, have they found a job of their own to keep busy?
I work a full-time job and although I am in contact with my teen during the day, it does not mean that I really know what she is doing. What I did last summer is the same thing that I will be doing this summer, since she does not yet have a job to keep her busy. She knows that she needs to pitch in and is old enough to substantially help around the house…especially since I am at work all day and she has summers off!
- I leave a list of chores to do. I leave her a list where she is sure to see it. When she wakes up she has from that time until the time that I arrive home from work to accomplish it all.
- I keep the list of chores short. This allows me to spread it out over a week and still allows her time to do her own thing.
- I remain flexible. If a friend wants to spend the day with her at the beach, I either ask her to do the chores before she leaves, ask her to do some before and some after, or tell her to add them to the next day’s list. No matter which way we go, the chores get done and the responsibility is still hers.
My teen is still looking for a job, so until she finds one she will keep busy working at home. I also make sure to let her enjoy her summer by spending time with friends. #3 on the list – remaining flexible – is a good thing to do. It keeps everyone happy and still gets the job done!