Dr. Anthony Wolf is a member of The Century Council’s Education Advisory Board and has practiced psychology for more than 25 years with children and adolescents in the Massachusetts area. He is a best-selling author of 2 books: Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? A Guide to the New Teenager and I’d Listen to My Parents if They’d Just Shut Up.
Teens say that parents are the leading influence on their decision to not drink alcohol underage, but sometimes the conversation may be hard to start. Here is Dr. Wolf’s advice on how to #JointheConvo and talk to your teens about underage drinking this month!
What can you do to keep your kids from being bored on a rainy day?
Make a time capsule: Put in little mementos that mean something to your kids and have them write a letter to their future selves including their favorite food, TV show, music, outfit, best friends, favorite sport, ect. Bury it in your back yard when the ground is soft after the rain stops!
Build a fort with sheets and chairs and climb inside with pillows and stuffed animal friends. Tell ghost stories if you’re not afraid.
Clean out your closets and donate old clothes and toys to Goodwill or Salvation Army. If you’re lucky, you could get your kids to organize their whole room once they get on a roll…vacuuming and dusting and all!
Get out a cookbook and try a new recipe for dinner for the whole family. Make sure to please everyone by picking out fun side dishes and a healthy fruit dessert too! A trip to the grocery store can get everyone out of the house, and you can also use the opportunity to teach your children the proper way to set the table.
Why not embrace the weather? Put on your raincoats and boots and go run around splashing in the mud…or if it’s warm out, you can even put on your bathing suits and dance around! Just stay away from bodies of water that could be prone to flash flooding and go inside if it’s lightening.
What do you like to do with your kids on a rainy day? Tell us in the comments below!