Holiday season has arrived and we understand that there may be occasions where adults are drinking alcohol. However, we just want to remind you to model responsible behavior as you spend time with your young children and teens. Don’t drink and drive and be sure to keep alcohol out of reach of children and inaccessible to teens.
While many teens and young adults perceive drinking alcohol to be the norm, it’s important to know that MOST teens actually choose NOT to drink.
Unfortunately, even though most youth don’t drink alcohol, it is still “The most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States and is responsible for more than 4,300 annual deaths among underage youth,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So, statistics aside…What can you and your children and teens do together to have some real fun this holiday season?
After a little bit of research, here’s my top 10 list of great ideas:
1. Get Creative – Spend some time with family or friends making something. It can be as simple as painting Holiday ornaments or making a Holiday craft. The Internet is full of how-to videos and inexpensive ideas.
2. Get Baking – Making Holiday cookies and decorating them will put you in a holiday mood for sure. Try a new cookie or candy recipe. The best part about baking is that you get to eat them too!
3. Get Moving- Indoor or outdoor exercise is a must, try something you’ve never tried before like Yoga, or Planking. What’s your sport? Practice a skill until you get better at it. If there’s snow, sledding is always a fun holiday favorite!
4. Get Learning – What is something you’ve always wanted to know more about? Look it up, find an article, book or video about it. Spend some real time investigating. It’s fun to discover!
5. Get Giving – What’s a cause or charity you really believe in? Figure out how you can help, whether it’s volunteering or starting an online fund drive. You could be the one to make a real difference!
6. Get Introspective - Start a Journal or create a vision board with all your plans and goals for the future. Start writing down all those unique and incredible ideas you have.
7. Get Playing – Whether it’s video games, or board games, put your game face on and play like you want to win. A little competition is fun!
8. Get Listening – Music can transport you to another place. Try listening to a type of music you’ve never listened to before, then share it with some friends and have an online critiquing session.
9. Get to the Dogs or Cats – Visit an animal shelter and spend some time playing with lonely pets or if you have a pet, spend some extra time playing with them. Pets are always fun and cuddly too!
10. Get Connected- Find an old friend or a relative you haven’t talked to for a while and make arrangements to have an online chat or zoom. Write an old-fashioned letter to someone who would never expect it. Make a phone call and catch up with an old friend.
-By Liz Threehouse – HCC Member