With today's economy, many parents are working full time and/or two jobs leaving many teens home alone. Many will spend their days online - however it is important to get them involved in constructive activities outside the home. This can also help build self esteem!
Is there a local Humane Society?
A local Nursing Home that needs help?
Maybe a Holiday Tree Stand that hires many teens to help carry the trees or deliver them?
Booths in malls that wrap gifts?
Jobs at movie theaters increase - check in your local area. Encourage your teen to get busy!
Keeping your teen active can help prevent them from mixing and hanging out with peers that are less than desirable and looking for trouble.
As difficult as it is, keep your lines of communication open!
They may think they need a break from the structure of school and studies, but help them to see that all these activities could be fun!
Parents, your employment is critical to feeding your family and keeping up with your mortgage or rent payments - but your parenting job is just as important to help prevent potential negative issues.