Almost everyone enjoys spending time outdoors, even teenagers. There's just something about being outside that creates excitement. Although almost everybody enjoys relaxing or playing in the back yard, some people get more or better opportunities than others, including teenagers. Most teens love being outdoors, and in fact many can be found in their back yards during the summertime.
You might already realize that many teens can be difficult to please. The reason is that they are at that certain age where it is easy for them to lose interest in certain activities or to even get bored. If you have a son or daughter who is a teenager, you might want to become familiar with some of the backyard activities that are popular with teens, especially if yours will be spending their summer break with you at home. The process of familiarizing yourself with these activities might give you some great ideas for outdoor family fun, but it might also mean the difference between your teen spending the summer indoors or out.
Your teenager might be set for the entire summer if you have a backyard swimming pool. Many teenagers lose interest in certain activities, but swimming pools have something unique about them. If they could, many teens would choose to spend their entire summer in the swimming pool. Not all teenagers are proficient swimmers, however, so you might want to set some ground rules for using your pool, especially if your teen will be home alone. These ground rules can help keep your teen safe while swimming alone.
Although swimming is extremely popular among teens, not everyone has their own backyard pool. If you want to give your teen a way to keep cool during the summer but you don't want to buy an expensive swimming pool, you might want to consider getting a kiddie pool instead. They provide a safe and fun way for teenagers to keep cool during hot weather. Not every teen will want to use one, but many teenage girls enjoy wading in kiddie pools, especially if their friends are with them.
If a swimming pool or kiddie pool isn't feasible, try focusing on other outdoor water activities that can be fun for your teenager. Water guns and water balloons are always popular with teens. They're not only a great way to cool off, but they are a lot of fun to play with when others are around. Everyone present will stay cool and have a fun time, whether your teen is playing with friends or his or her siblings.
Other outdoor activities that don't involve water can also be fun, including football, basketball, soccer, horseshoes, kickball, volleyball, baseball and softball. Like most games, what your teen will be able to participate in will vary, depending on whether they are alone or with other people. Shooting hoops is one possibility for teens playing alone. Teenagers playing with their friends or siblings will have a wide assortment of games they can choose from, because most backyard games are intended to be played by at least two people.
Although it is important to think about backyard games and other outdoor activities, you might also want to consider the food your teen will eat. You might even want to let your teen eat in the back yard if he or she will be spending a lot of time there. When an adult will be present, a barbeque is perfect. If not, you could suggest a backyard picnic to your teen. An easy and safe backyard meal can be created with a few sandwiches, snacks and drinks.
Because teenagers are at the age where they want to make their own decisions, you might want to get yours involved in the actual planning or organization of any backyard activities. Your teenager may have something specific in mind, even if you make some good suggestions. It's fine if this happens, but make sure your teen's outdoor activities are safe as well as fun.