Game Night: Don't Stop Just Because Your Child is a Teen
Family traditions are important, especially to a teen. Whether they realize it or not, no matter what is going on their lives, they need to know deep down that nothing has changed in their family unit. For example, inviting your friends over for game night doesn’t stop just because your child is a teen. Whether they admit it or not, they still look for family traditions to continue, even though it wouldn’t be cool to admit it.
Remember when you were a teen? It was a time of uncertainty and challenges, and an unyielding desire to be accepted by your peers. Today, teens have it tougher. From an early age there is a great deal of pressure placed upon them in school, among their friends, but most especially in their family circle.
This is more evident today as your family continues to enjoy game nights and family traditions while your teen is trying to separate from the family unit, because quite frankly, it isn’t cool to be that close. The contradiction among today’s youth is not only confusing to them, but to parents as well.
When we were teens, some of us looked forward to family nights and traditions. The ability to have a good time with family members and friends meant we were accepted, respected, and listened to. The difference today is that most teens live in dysfunctional families, whose social circles in no way mimic ours. Even though there may be family traditions such as holiday gatherings and the like, the rest of the year is fraught with bickering and rebellion.
Should a family put everything on hold to accommodate the teen? Certainly not. Instead, it would be more appropriate to continue the traditions despite the teen’s reticence to participate. Consequently, at some point in time, all of the issues your teens have to deal with will be resolved; friends will leave or go away to college, and all your teen will have is the basic foundation of the family unit.
In other words, as long as the teen knows the concept of family tradition is still there; your teen will feel safe and secure because there is a routine, something they can still count on; something they can rely on when things really get tough. So continue your game night and don’t stop just because your child is a teen. At some point, your teen will come to understand and want to participate in game night as well as other family traditions because it will be a cool thing to do.