Spring Break

April 09, 2013

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20b NIV

This is Spring Break for a lot of teens from our church and the surrounding area. Many have chosen to go on a mission trip. Some go to the beach or some other vacation destination. But if you’re the parent of a teen who is staying home, here are a few tips to share with them that can not only keep them occupied, but can enrich their lives in many ways:

  • Start a Devotional
    There are plenty of devotionals geared toward Christian teens, and this is a great time to get started on a new one.
  • Volunteer
    Giving back to others can be the biggest reward, and Spring Break is a wonderful time to do that giving. Join an outreach team or contact someone to volunteer. Volunteer possibilities are endless.
  • Read a Book
    If you are a reader, you have the free time to immerse yourself in your favorite authors’ books. Head to the library or the bookstore to pick one up.
  • Try Something New
    Got something that you wish you had time to try? For some, the “something new” can be an adventure like rock climbing. For others it could involve learning to sew or cook. Take the time this week to learn a new skill or try a new activity.
  • Just “Veg”
    Many Christian teens are busy people during the school year. Between school, school activities, homework, church, youth group activities, and more, a student’s life can be pretty non-stop. Take time during your Spring Break to actually take a break.
  • Family Time
    Many Christian teens get so busy that they are lucky to have time to eat a meal with their families when school is in session. Try to fit in some time to relax and “hang out” with your family members.
  • Pray
    Are there some burning items you wish you could focus on more in your prayer times? Make a list of the things you wish you could spend more time praying about and devote some significant break time in prayer about those things.

Whatever you do, remember that God doesn’t take breaks. He’s always there when you need Him!