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More Tips for Military Families with Teens # 17

Make A “Kit of Fun” – Tip #17

There are times when living with a teen can feel like being trapped with a polar bear (they have warmth deep down but can also be moody and unpredictable – not to mention they are carnivores).  My mother used to say that if there was an island you could send your teens to from 12-17years old she would have sent me there.  I think that we can all get caught up in the moments of “life sucks” right along with teens.  It is important when you are experiencing deployments or even the day to day challenges military life can bring, that you remember to have some fun.  Make an emergency ‘kit of fun’, put it away until the day comes when you think you will grab your keys and walk out without another glance backwards.  Bringing out this kit will keep your teens on their toes and make you a little unpredictable at times (a good thing – they think they know it all and can predict your every comment and move).

Doing something with your teens that is fun, unexpected, spontaneous will remind them that life should be made up of many moments like that, it will re-focus them and remind them about what is important.  It will also give you a break from the nagging, worrying, lectures, etc. and time together that is fun.

Kit Suggestions:

1.  A stick of gum to remind you to stick to it.

2. A candle to remind you to shine brightly.

3. A chocolate kiss to remind you that you are loved.

4. A match to light your fire when you feel burned out.

5. A Tootsie Roll to remind you not to bite off more than you can chew.

6. A pin to remind you to stay sharp.

7. A Smartie to help you on those days you don’t feel so smart.

8. A Starburst to give you a burst of energy on days you don’t have any.

9. A Snickers to remind you to take time to laugh.

10. Confetti to remind you to have fun.

11. A bandage to fix things that just will not work.

12. A bag to help you keep it all together and give you food for thought.

13. A movie to help you lose yourself for a couple of hours

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To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org


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