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When our girls were babies, connecting with them was so easy. You could hold them, rock them, play peek-a-boo, read a book. I remember looking at them when they were little and I wondered how I would learn to connect with them once they were teens. Thankfully I have found some fun ways to connect with your teen and it’s not been nearly as difficult as I feared. Here are a few fun ways to connect with your teen.
Read a book that interests them.
For our oldest this means historical fiction. I have read Laurie Halse Anderson books and some Dear America books with her. Grace prefers comic books. I read a book of their choosing and then we take a walk or go out to eat and discuss it. Once we even journaled back and forth while reading the book!
Walk the dog.
Sure, it is obvious. But seriously, our girls still enjoy if we ask them to help us walk the dog for some one-on-one time. And if it’s during their period, the exercise is really good for them. Well, even if it’s not their period the exercise is STILL good.
Cook or Bake together.
I hope our girls don’t outgrow it, but if I want to connect with, I suggest cooking or baking and they are all in. It’s a great way to connect with their friends as well.
The only thing that puts a damper on the baking is if they are having a period. Recently on a trip to our local Walmart, I found Advil® Menstrual Pain near the Pharmacy. It was tucked away on the bottom shelf just beside the drop off window.
Our girls had been wanting something for when their cramps or period-related headaches kicked in and Advil® Menstrual Pain* looked great to try. I appreciate that it is caffeine and antihistamine free. Grab some on your next visit to Walmart and don’t let periods get in the way of finding fun ways to connect with your teen.
To help get you started here is a recipe for some simple sugar cookies.
Simple Sugar Cookies
Place the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in your mixer and mix it well. After it is thoroughly mixed, add in the baking powder and flour. Mix well. When the dough is ready, turn it onto a lightly floured surface. Roll it out til it’s about 1/8″ in thickness. Then cut out your desired shapes. We used an assortment of cookie cutters! Keep rolling and cutting until you have used all the dough. Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 7-10 minutes. You just want the outer edges to be slightly brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack until they reach room temperature. Then…decorate!!!
Pro-Tips: Cover the counters with wax paper for an easier clean up. Also buy store bought icing and save yourself the hassle of making homemade icing. Get LOTS of sprinkles.
Don’t let periods get in the way of you finding fun ways to connect with your teen! Pick up some Advil® Menstrual Pain at Walmart and start reconnecting to your teen today.
All parents can use support so please comment and let me know how YOU connect with your teen!
*use as directedKristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen