Every summer, we have a small family reunion with my cousins’ kids. It’s a chance for our kids to get to know each other. We have a blast. A few years ago, we began driving to Tyler and playing laser tag. There’s just nothing like shooting your relatives to enhance any family reunion. Well, then the laser tag place closed. So we tried to figure out what to do next … we came up with a water balloon fight. The first year, my sister and I planned it, filled up all of the balloons secretly and surprised the kids. They loved it. So now, it’s tradition.
Now though we don’t fill up the balloons in secret anymore. Our old fingers need help! I usually sit outside with several of the teens and fill up the balloons while they tie them. It’s a great opportunity to find out what is going on in their lives. Of course we all get soaked … sometimes accidentally, sometimes not so accidentally. But it’s good bonding time.
What do you do to occupy teens and bond with them?