Help your Teenage Child Explore the World
While it is perfectly natural to want to be with your kids at all times, teenagers need a level of freedom and responsibility and at the age of 15-16, they are ready for international travel, whether with you or on an organised field trip.
Make good use of the summer school break
This is the longest holiday in the school year and it is perfect for one of the student tours in the UK that you find at a global kids adventure tour provider’s website. They actually cover all the continents, so you can choose what culture you want your child to see and these tours usually include sports and cultural aspects, which enriches their experience.
Guided Internet time
Rather than giving your teenage child complete freedom online, why not schedule time and you can show them many amazing things that you have discovered. Have conversations about science and nature and teach your son or daughter how to do advanced Google searches and this will be a tool they can use for the rest of their life.
There are reputable operators of student trips to Europe that are designed for teenagers; they can learn all about the history of Spain or Portugal while actually there, which cements the learning. There are many countries in Europe, as you know and if your kids have a special interest in one particular part of Europe, why not expand their knowledge and book a study tour for the coming school holidays?
Why not plan for a long weekend holiday and take your kids on a history tour? One such trip might spark an interest that you can build on and with some preparations, you can set some learning objectives that are fun-based; kids don’t like to hear the word ‘learning’ when they are outside of school, so we sometimes need to dress it up a little and add some fun. If you live in the UK, there are probably regions that you have yet to explore and if you get creative, you can compile a list of activities for the kids to do when away.
The more your kids know about the world, the easier it will be for them to become a global citizen and there are lots of things that you can do to nurture an interest in foreign lands. The teenage years are critical and this is a time when parenting can be difficult, but eventually, they do come out the other end in one piece.