You’ve worked hard for this vacation and are so looking forward to some time away from the stress and monotony of your regular routine. Especially after more than a year of many and ever-changing pandemic restrictions.

Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same enthusiasm as you do.

Your teen is grumpy because they’d rather do nothing, hang out with friends and be on their phones/gaming all night and this family vacation is cramping their summer style.

You literally just want to smack them upside the head because of their selfish, negative attitude and refusal to be a decent travel companion. If they were older, you’d consider leaving them at home (with their attitude) but at this stage, you only have a few summers left to create family memories before they leave the house.

At this point, you’re wondering how you’ll relax when you’re already at odds with your teen and haven’t left yet. Deep breaths, you’re not alone in this!

Here’s 6 tips to help you make the most of your summer vacation with your teen:

Family vacations with teens are easier than toddlers and teens because there’s less apparatus, toys, and small bodies to manage. Now, you have able bodies but there’s relational and emotional management that feels more difficult and frustrating.

Letting go of how your teen participates and taking ownership of your experience is critical to make the most of your family time while reducing stress and fallout.

If you’re looking for more tips and support like this, join my free parenting community! You’ll find a tribe of caring, courageous parents dealing with similar challenges, so you don’t have to feel alone.


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