101 Tips for Military Families with Teens – #22

Set Goals – Tip #22

It isn’t enough to tell your teens to set goals and hope they do.  Get them started, make them write it down and post it up, give them suggestions and offer to help them accomplish some of the things on their list to give them confidence.

* Create a spring bucket list for your teens with things like:

stay awake to watch the sunrise or the sunset
sleep under the stars
create your own name in grafitti
jump off of a 15ft+ cliff/waterfall/diving board
swing from a vine/rope in water
make a video for youtube
say yes to every invitation to go out and do things for a week for a whole week
write a letter to someone telling them how important they are to you
make a dance mix of your favourite songs and send it to an absent friend or family member
go tubing
attend a concert
sing a song out loud while listening to it on your IPOD
go on a road trip with family or friends

* Get the book: “97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School” by Jenkins and Stadler

* Post a list of personal and family goals on the fridge and agree to do something together when they are all accomplished

* Create a weekly ‘challenge list’ for each other

Creating these challenges and short term goals will keep your teen focused, remind them to have fun, get them to take risks and learn things about yourself.  You could also send a challenge list to your family member who is deployed and tell them about what you have been doing and make a list for them to do as well!

For more information about our tips, books or resources, go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

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

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