One of the best ways to get your kids off of their smartphones, tablets, or computers is to send them outside to do something. But what should you do when your teen is stuck in the house all day? Snow days present a challenge to parents who want to maintain restrictions on their teen’s screen time but also don’t want their kids to be bored when stuck in the house for the day. Take a look at some tips that will help you manage your teen’s screen use on snow days.
Introduce a New Hobby
Give your kids some ideas for new indoor hobbies.
A snow day is a great time for your teen to learn how to do something new with their time. If you’ve ever wanted to share your love of knitting, painting, coin collecting, or gourmet cooking with your teen, now is the time to do so – after all, if you’re stuck in the house together, why not work on something fun or creative together.
Connect With Neighbors
Even if the schools and roads are closed, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t venture outdoors at all. If your teen has friends in the neighborhood within walking distance, encourage your teen to invite those friends over or visit them at their home.
Even if your teen doesn’t have any friends their own age in the neighborhood, reaching out to the neighbors may still be a good idea. Perhaps your teen could earn some extra cash acting as a mother’s helper for a work-at-home neighbor whose small children are unexpectedly home from school because of the snow day. You and your teen could do a good deed by checking in on elderly neighbors to make sure that they have heat and food. Or your family and your neighbors could just pull together an impromptu snow day neighborhood gathering.
Take Care of Household Projects
One good thing about having your teen stuck at home for the day is that you have some additional help if you need it. Use the time to take care of household projects that have been piling up. Enlist your teen into helping you organize the attic, clean the floorboards, or catch up on laundry. You can offer them some additional allowance or another reward for helping without complaint.
Make Some Exceptions
Entertaining a bored teenager is no easy task, and you may have things of your own to do during the day. And your teen can’t help being off school and stranded in the house all day. Don’t feel bad if you can’t hold your teen to your usual strict screen time limits.
You don’t want your teen to spend their whole day staring at the screen, but it’s fine to allow some additional screen time on a snow day, considering the circumstances. Let your teen know that you’re willing to bend the rules for a snow day, but that things have to go back to normal once the weather goes back to normal.
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