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10 Affordable Ways to Bond with Your Teenage Son

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

As a parent, it can be difficult to find ways to bond with your teenage son. This can be greatly compounded if you are a single parent. You must juggle work so you can put food on the table, pay bills and keep a roof over your head, do housework so your child/children don't live in squalor, and also find time to help with homework. How are you going to find the time or money to bond with your teenager?




They are growing up quickly and may have different interests and priorities than you. However, bonding with your teenager is important for building a strong and healthy relationship. It can also help them develop into well-rounded adults. Fortunately, there are many affordable ways to bond with your teenage son. In this blog post, we will explore ten of them.


10 Things to Do Together


1. Play sports together

Playing sports together is a great way to bond with your teenage son. You don't have to be a pro athlete to enjoy playing sports with your son. Simply shooting hoops, throwing a frisbee or playing catch can be a fun way to spend time together. Physical activity is also beneficial for your health and can help reduce stress and anxiety. Neither my son nor I are very athletic. We basically do not play sports. However, he has a bicycle. In the summer we go in front of our house and we take turns riding up and down the street. When we go to the park he likes to race with me. I always win. Yay me.


2. Cook together

Cooking together is another way to bond with your teenage son. It's a great opportunity to teach them basic cooking skills and have fun at the same time. Start by choosing a recipe that you both enjoy and work together to prepare it. Don't be afraid to make a mess or try something new.


3. Watch movies or TV shows

Watching movies or TV shows together can be a fun and relaxing way to bond with your teenage son. Pick a movie or show that you both enjoy, and make some popcorn or snacks to enjoy while you watch. This can also be a great opportunity to start a conversation about topics that come up in the movie or show. We love to watch movies together, and he's not afraid to sit me down and talk about his favourite show/s, even if I have no interest in the show.


4. Take a walk/drive

Taking a walk together is a great way to bond with your teenage son and get some exercise at the same time. It can be a simple walk around the block, or a longer hike in nature. Use the time to talk and catch up on what's going on in each other's lives. When I am feeling down I like to take a drive. Sometimes he chooses to come with me. With the cost of gas, now though, I suggest taking a walk. If you can afford it, go for a drive, turn the music up, and rock away.


5. Play board games

Playing board games together is a fun and interactive way to bond with your teenage son. It can also help develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Choose a game that you both enjoy, and take turns playing. The game Uno was our favourite. AJ is now into chess and I am not quite at the place where I want to play chess, I may never get there. I am in the process of convincing myself to let him teach me. That will be a great bonding exercise. Let your teenager teach you to do something they love doing.


6. Work on a project together

Working on a project together can be a rewarding way to bond with your teenage son. It can be anything from building a birdhouse to redecorating a room. The important thing is to work together and have fun while doing it.


7. Read together

Reading together is a great way to bond with your teenage son and help develop their literacy skills. Choose a book that you both enjoy and take turns reading out loud. This can also be a great opportunity to start a conversation about the book's themes or characters. Basically, my son reads the books, and my contribution is giving him my 100% attention while he tells me all about them.


8. Go on a bike ride

Going on a bike ride together is a fun and active way to bond with your teenage son. It can be a leisurely ride around the neighborhood or a more challenging mountain bike ride. Use the time to talk and enjoy the scenery.


9. Visit a museum or art gallery

Visiting a museum or art gallery is a great way to bond with your teenage son and expose them to new ideas and perspectives. Choose a museum or gallery that aligns with their interests, and take the time to explore together. We are yet to do this, but go ahead and try it. Let me know how it went for you and your teenager.


10. Volunteer together

Volunteering together is a great way to bond with your teenage son and give back to your community. There are many organizations that could use your help, from animal shelters to food banks. Choose a cause that you both care about and work together to make a difference.


Bonding with your teenage son doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. By taking the time to do activities together that you both enjoy, you can strengthen your relationship and help them develop into well-rounded adults. Try incorporating some of these affordable bonding activities into your routine and see how it improves your relationship with your teenage son.

If you try any of the activities above let me know how it went. Feel free to become a part of the community by subscribing to be notified when we release new posts. I am looking forward to our next talk. Walk Good.

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