The ups and downs of living with a teen

A Stress-Free Summer?

The summer holidays will be here very soon and the thought of those long weeks with the kids could be worrying you already. What are you going to do with them? How are you going to make sure you complete everything you need to do when theyโ€™re home? What will it take to stop them bickering every single day? What you need is a good plan and some great ideas to keep everybody engaged and occupied.



When the weather is good, get the whole family outdoors. There are plenty of activities you can all enjoy together, regardless of age. Gardens that are big enough can become mini football pitches, tennis courts, or even obstacle courses. Trampolines are good fun and ideal for improving and maintaining your fitness too. Tiny tots might have lots of ride-on toys and even balance bikes to keep them occupied. Your teen might prefer a basketball hoop or even a swingball tennis set.

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You can also enjoy the weather further away from the house. The park is a great place to spend an afternoon with all the family. You could pack a picnic and some snacks. The older kids might head down to the skate park or the 5-a-side court for a little while. The younger ones could be in the playpark. Use a grassy area for your own game of rounders or football for all the family to join in with. You might make some new friends and have more of a community game for fun.


Anything that is active will help keep your stress levels down. It will also help the kids burn off all that extra energy they would normally spend at school. To prepare for your stress-free summer outdoors, write a list of all the activities your kids love to do. You might choose to invest in a few more play items for the garden, or even a day out. Always pack drinks and snacks to avoid the hunger grumps!



Of course, the British weather rarely stays good for the whole six weeks. Thatโ€™s OK though, because there are plenty of activities to keep the kids engaged, without turning the TV on. If you prefer to engage your kids in educational activities, why not invest in some musical instruments? One or two of them may become life-long passions. There are often music classes in the community music schools or theatres over the summer.

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Indoor obstacle courses are ideal for your kids to burn off a little energy. You can use chairs, cushions, the space behind the sofa, sheets, and more. Indoor obstacle courses often require more refined movements, as there is less room than outdoors. Try a 10-second balance on one leg, running on the spot, and touching the toes 5 times. Bigger kids might prefer this kind of activity with a robot. There are many apps that help children apply coding principles to make a character move. There are also robot toys that can be programmed.


Having a plan and a big list of activities to do together can help you get through the 6 weeks without stress or boredom. Whatโ€™s on your plan this year?


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  1. Great suggestions here. I haven’t really thought about the summer holidays yet. All I know is that I need to book flights for a short holiday with the kids.

  2. I love getting the kids outside, in a ju weather really, they can be noisy, messy and crazy and my living room stays in one piece!!

    1. Outdoors is always the best way to let of steam, C used to love her trampoline as did the dog, I have some great photos of them both on the trampoline x

    1. It is hard trying to keep them entertained without going bankrupt at the same time, we used to do lots of crafts and picnics x

  3. What an awesome tips, It’s so great to have a plan and going to outside with my kids I’m always at home loaded of some works

    1. We joined the National Trust when ours were younger, great days out as they always have activities on, and the kids always loved picnics x

  4. I. The summer we opt for outdoor activities but ofcourse they have to be weather permitting!! Trampoling is a big love of ours!

  5. I am hoping for a stress free summer. I will be arranging playdates they seem to work really well and keep all my children busy which is handy. We will also continue with our piano lessons as we are working our way up the grades.

  6. i think everyones happy when they’re outside, playing in the garden or the park etc. there’s a lot of things to do outdoors nowadays

  7. My two would live on their trampoline if I let them! They are 13 and 4, and spending a few hours a day on the trampoline together is one of their favourite things to do ๐Ÿ™‚

    Louise x

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