If your teenages threaten mutiny at the mention of your next family getaway here are a few tips that might help.
A teenagers life fills up pretty fast. Family vacations can take a backseat to dating, sports, music, driving, and jobs.
Put them in chrage. A teens enthusiasm comes from the critical role of being in charge from the start. Have them reserach possible vacation spots on the internet, get info from their friends, and from magazines. Have them list the possible destinations to discuss with the entire family.
Select a Destination that fits the entire family’s needs, dreams and goals.
Teens want tons of organized day and evening activites and lots of people around their own age and a sense of adventure with physical activities.
From experience I have learned that adventure and physical activities let a teen drop their guard and open up while still maintaining their “cool” bringing them back into the “family” unit as a “happy camper”.
Hand them the map. Have your teen map out the route you will take and plan all the stops along the way for lunch, shopping, skiing, sled dog trips, museums, music hot sports, sleigh rides, building a snowman, and/or snowboarding.
Setting the ground rules early avoids arguments and miscommunication while on the road.
Be sure to put the ground rules in writing. Ground Rules might include….How often they should check in with you. What time is the evening curfew. Who should they call incase of emergency. What is the daily budget.
Enjoy the journey – relax be kids again and see the world through your teens eyes all fresh and new.
Give your teen breathing space. They need time to pursue their individual interests. Both you and your teenagers need free time and privacy.
Keep it Fun by being flexible, offer choices not demands, resist the urge to turn everything into a lesson.
Some winter ideas for a trip to Bigfork, Montana with teens might include:
Brookies Cookies, Bigfork, Montana Who doesn’t like cookies? Cookies made from scratch and baked fresh every day. Treat your teens to gourmet cookies from Brookies Cookies.
Snowmobiling on the Olney Trail head – Rent snowmobiles from Winter Wonderland Sports of Kalispell Montana for a “snow day” and have the time of your life siding on a Polaris or Arctic Cat sled.
The Barn, Bigfork, Montana A charming unique shop of Antiques, gifts, and consignment items it’s great place to browse, shop and find treasures galore.
West Glacier, Montana – Glacier National Park offers Snowshoe Walks. The “walks” are two-hour, ranger-led, and happen every Saturday and Sunday January 7th through March 18th at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. These snowshoe walks are free and open to all ages, bring your snowshoes and sturdy boots.
Base Camp Bigfork Bigfork, Montana Guided leisurely dog Sled trips down a snowy trail or a high adventure back country expedition you are sure to remember for years to come. The main attraction is the crew of fun loving and hard working Inuit Sled Dogs. This rare breed of sled dogs lives to pull.
Cross Country Skiing Bigfork, Montana The North Shore Nordic Club grooms 3 miles of trails at Bigfork Community Nordic Center for cross-country skiing.
Sleigh rides by the Bar W Guest Ranch just west of Whitefish, Montana Enjoy the magic of a sleigh drawn by gentle draft horses while snuggling up with blankets and loved ones. The Bar W Guest Ranch is nestled at the base of Spencer Mountain which provides an optimal view of the snow covered ridges, Spencer Lake and Montana’s wildlife. Sleigh ride options include a dinner sleigh ride or just the sleigh ride…let your teen decide which one is best for the family.
Snowboarding at Blacktail Ski Area at Lakeside, Montana caterers to out-of-state skiers who seek to be away from the crowds with family at affordable prices.
Breakfast at one of the local restaurants…..Echo Lake Café or the Pocketstone Café are sure to please any teenager.
Downhill Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana
The quaint village of Bigfork Montana has numerous Art Galleries with local artists work, Gift Shops, Eva Gates Preserves, unique Restaurants, and a Bigfork Theatre for the Performing Arts…..provide something for everyone in the family.