Things to do with a teenager in the hols | Yeah, right

I love the way the newspapers and supplements are recommending ways to keep children occupied over the long summer break from school. There’s knotting elastic bands and helping them improve their stock animation skills, there are recommended reading lists. These things are all fine if your kid is under 12 and a girl. Here are 10 things to do with a kid who’s too old to go to a club but too young to be out with mates doing things you’d rather not know about (that involve romance, cigarettes, e-puffers or rowing boats), and unable to play football or frisbee outside because it’s raining, again:

  • Regularly enter the room of the child in question and comment that they’ve spend too long on their laptop, Xbox, gameboy, iPad or other gadget
  • Three hours later threaten to remove said gadgets
  • Four hours later recommend in a shrill voice that unless they start reading books bad things will happen to them and their family
  • Run into the room while child is on the toilet and remove all gadgets with screens
  • Discover that their phone is in their jean pocket
  • Wrestle their phone off of them as they emerge confused from the toilet
  • Listen as the door slams and they declare their undying hate
  • Regularly enter the lounge and say they’re spending too long watching telly
  • Three hours later recommend in a shrill voice that unless they start reading books bad things will happen to them and their family
  • Run into the lounge and turn off the telly when they go to the toilet
  • Listen as their bedroom door slams and they declare their undying hate
  • Repeat

Now that’s what I call proper parenting…

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    Amanda August 07, 2014

    So, how has this holiday been going………? This strategy sounds very familiar 😉

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