Teenagers can be trying, particularly during the school holidays. And if they come out in spots, well good luck, people.
Every parent knows the school holidays can be well… challenging. Even getting your teenagers out of bed before 11am can be an achievement.
And that mid-morning shriek echoing from the bathroom when your teenager realises he or she has a zit that wasn’t there the night before will start their (and your) day on the wrong foot.
That coupled with the fanciful idea that teenagers can organise their own lives will be common knowledge to most parents.
However, we can but try. What’s the point of bemoaning your offspring’s lack of basic life skills if you have given up on showing them how it’s done? You’ll get the usual protests (and more) but at least have another go.
Here are some tips to pass on to your time-challenged teenagers. And don’t forget to buy a good acne lotion.
- Get organized. Precious minutes tick away while searching for lost keys or phones, or finding the perfect shirt for a night out with friends. Taking a little time to get organised will pay off in the long run. Create a specific place, such as a shelf or basket, to hold items that get used daily so you always know where to look. Also, take time to put away laundry and hang clothes, and skip the wasteful rummaging that results from an untidy room and wardrobe.
- Put on the spot. Even when you’re on the go, taking care of yourself is important. Create a portable pack whether you’re heading out for a day at the beach or an impromptu camping trip because pimples are unpredictable and can appear at a moment’s notice. Make sure your skin stays clean and clear by including an easy-to-use, mess-free OXY On-The-Go Acne Stick, which is conveniently packaged in a slim, solid form and clinically proven to kill acne-causing bacteria, so you can spot-treat acne at any time. Learn more at oxyskincare.com.
- Use screen time wisely. It’s easy to get sucked into hours of catching up on social media or pulled into a game where you’re trying to conquer just one more achievement. Avoid getting yourself into a time crunch by simply setting down your phone when you have other obligations.
- Keep a schedule. Flitting from one spot to the next all summer long can make it tough to keep track of where you’re supposed to be and when. Writing down details can help ensure you never miss a beat. You can also use your schedule to keep track of to-dos.
- Make time for meals. Skipping meals isn’t only unhealthy, it’s likely to slow you down when you get hungry and have to stop for a snack at an inconvenient time. Look for healthy on-the-go foods that you can eat in transit, or dedicate a little time one day a week to prepare snacks and meals for the week ahead so you can still stay nourished when you’re in a time crunch.
If your teenagers can work to manage and save time where they can, they can carve out some much-needed rest and relaxation. Parents, that means less stress
Now roll on, the new term.
Source: Family Features