Hitting the road with a teenager can be challenging, especially if you have to convince them to go on a family trip in the first place.
- Give ‘em space – Kids pushing your buttons? Before you blow your lid, remember that all children, especially teenagers, need their own space. If your destination allows, let them have some time on their own. Set up strict check-in parameters and a meet-up location.
- Smarten up – With a smart phone or tablet, that is. Make sure your kid’s electronic devices are charged and ready. They can listen to music, watch TV or movies, or keep up with their friends.
- Bring the headphones – Even if your teenager isn’t into music, he or she probably wants a little peace and quiet. Bring a pair of noise canceling headphones. They can listen to their own music (or any other multimedia) without bothering anyone else.
- Bring a friend – If you can afford it, offer to bring one of your kid’s friends along. Having a friend gives them someone to socialize with when they’re less interested in hanging with the family.