Summertime is almost over, and for some school starts back up in just a few weeks. Going back to school is a bittersweet feeling for many of us. We love that our teens will stop complaining of being bored and now they can start complaining about homework again. Our food budget will be less and cleanup a little easier, but then we have more transportation. Like I said, it’s bittersweet.
Summertime is close to an end, but there is another time that is almost over as well, your child’s teenager years. Once your child hits middle school, they are two-thirds done with their childhood and that last one-third will fly by quicker than you realize. Because your time is limited with your teen, there is no better time right now than to start a hobby together.
I love The Message’s version of Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth.”
Although that verse has nothing to do with hobbies, it does remind us that there are more opportune times to start something new. Right now, with the dwindling moments of your teen being under your care, there is no opportune time than these next couple of weeks to create some special memories.
Hobbies can create longstanding memories and can strengthen your relationship with your teen.
Let me tell you about a longstanding hobby that I have with my father. When I was a child, I hated watching sports. I remember the television on during the 1991 NBA Finals when Michael Jordan won his first championship. Every person in the room was watching with excitement, but to me it was boring and a waste of time. I could care less, but as I grew older, watching sports became something of interest. I don’t know the reason or the time, but it happened around my teen years. Watching the Buckeyes play started becoming a little hobby that me, my dad, and my grandpa and we would watch together. It wasn’t an every weekend thing, sometimes we didn’t watch the game together at all, but we would talk about the game when we were together. Though my grandpa is no longer with us, me and my dad still talk about the Buckeyes on the phone and every once in awhile we will get a chance to watch it together. Sometimes it’s the only thing we talk about, but that hobby is something that created a longstanding memory, that has kept our relationship together over the years.
Like I said, there is no better time to start than right now, while you have a few more weeks left in the summertime. Summertime is usually the most flexible time of the year for the family, so get going.
A quick way to start is by making a list things you want to try for the first time, and then asking your teenager some of those things they would consider trying.
If you have a hard time thinking of something, here are some ideas for you.
Finding New Restaurant
Health Related (Body Building/Yoga/Martial Arts)
Maybe you have a hobby that works great, feel free to comment below.