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#1 Quick hedgehog

Posted 01 October 2019 - 07:59 PM

Just curious, exactly as the question says.

What does your teen get up to during the day through the holidays - assuming they don't have a job?

For eg., my 12 year old DD is always doing something - reading, drawing, dancing, cooking, colouring in while listening to a podcast or audiobook, trampolining, making endless lists of things, watching a bit of tv. By the time we have walked the dog, maybe done some baking, helped me with some stuff around the house the day is easily gone.

For my 15 year old DS, it is an entirely different story and I'm wondering what other 15 year olds get up to?

#2 waawa17

Posted 01 October 2019 - 08:02 PM

(16yo boy) Plays music, sings, plays more music. Busks. Hangs out with friends. Plays D&D. Hangs out with girlfriend. Listens to music. Plays more music. Cooks a bit.

Edited by waawa17, 01 October 2019 - 08:02 PM.

#3 Murderino

Posted 01 October 2019 - 08:06 PM

I don’t have a teen yet but at that age I could sleep the day away!

#4 xxyzed

Posted 01 October 2019 - 08:21 PM

Sleeps and mainly stay hidden in the man cave playing electronics under the rug. Comes out rarely for food. Will catch up with friends maybe once each week of the holidays to play Dungeons and Dragons for the day.

#5 ExpatInAsia

Posted 01 October 2019 - 08:27 PM

Cooking, reading, taking the dog for a walk, hanging out with friends, some movies/PS4 ( but not much) and working on a science project.

#6 Expelliarmus

Posted 01 October 2019 - 08:33 PM

Although DS has a job, the other times what xxyzed said - but soccer instead of D&D.

He also spends time being a grumpy sod lately.

#7 Jembo

Posted 01 October 2019 - 08:33 PM

Generally complaining he is bored, then when I offer to do things or take him places, telling me naaaah that is boring and refusing to leave the house.

Aside from complaining,  sleeping, phone, x-box on repeat and then outside for some footy kicking with his brother when I have had enough and kick them outside.

#8 Meepy

Posted 02 October 2019 - 12:39 AM

DS14 sleeping, is grumpy if anyone wakes him up, even if it is after 12, playing switch, plays board games, watches tv, plays golf, not much at all, does some chores.

#9 Chocolate Addict

Posted 02 October 2019 - 02:00 AM

My 14yo boy plays video games, watches youtube and other electronic stuff. Every other day I get him to do some sewing for me.
I work from home and he is a home body. lol I keep trying to get him out of the house but unsuccessful.

#10 Ayr

Posted 02 October 2019 - 05:31 AM

TV. My 15 year old girl pretty much binge watched old TV series on Netflix, hulu or prime.
She sometimes paints or goes to meet friends but 90% if the time is a TV binge while she sits on her phone.

#11 Milly Molly Mandy

Posted 02 October 2019 - 05:46 AM

We are within walking distance of the beach so surfing surfing surfing. Also binging on Netflix, skateboarding, kicking the ball with brothers and mates and rolling his eyes at me.

#12 doubledelight

Posted 02 October 2019 - 06:06 AM

Music and scooting are the biggest occupiers for my boy.  The girls are more social and catch up with friends more than DS but we still end up with a loungeroom of kids sleeping over in the holidays.

#13 GlitteryElfFarts

Posted 02 October 2019 - 06:11 AM

Fixing her and her sisters garden out the back. Succulents and other plants in pots, herbs and veges in a raised garden bed. Love having fresh spinach.
Playing her iPad.
Watching Netflix or Stan, or listening to music or podcasts.
Catching up on schoolwork. She rewrote her exercise book for one subject because her handwriting on one page was messy.
She is childproofing today because DD & DGS are coming for dinner.

#14 luke's mummu

Posted 02 October 2019 - 07:25 AM

When I’m at work, I’m sure it’s just tv, Xbox and fridge in a cycle! When I’m home he has friends over, goes shopping and to beaches with me. Also appointments like haircuts, dentist, optometrist are all squeezed in

#15 Lees75

Posted 02 October 2019 - 08:12 AM

He plays a lot of guitar, goes for a run most days, watches You Tube, watches any sport he can find on Kayo, and socialises. So yesterday he caught the bus into the city and went to a state one day cricket match with a mate. Today he is going to the beach.

#16 EsmeLennox

Posted 02 October 2019 - 08:45 AM

My 14 year old sleeps late and spends a lot of time whining about being bored, but doesn’t want to go anywhere. So he wanders about...doesn’t want to watch TV or game...that’s boring...tinkers on his keyboard, listens to jazz and quite a bit of 70s music, writes a bit of his novel, uses exercise bike/gym equipment, punches the boxing bag and generally roams the house a bit like a caged tiger pondering philosophical standpoints, especially existentialism, and TBH, thinks too much for his own good.

My 17 year old spends time sleeping, watching TV, playing FIFA, hanging out with his girlfriend, works on his ab development (he may have a slight obsession with the ‘washboard stomach’ look :rolleyes:) and working. He’s a much simpler creature than his brother.

The 12 year old does typical 12 year old stuff, but spends more time in the computer than he should.

#17 71Cath

Posted 02 October 2019 - 09:09 AM

I wouldn't recognise DD16 if her phone wasn't in her hand.

She sleeps a lot, texts a lot, does the chores I leave for her and hangs out with friends.

#18 dadwasathome

Posted 02 October 2019 - 09:30 AM

View Postwaawa17, on 01 October 2019 - 08:02 PM, said:

(16yo boy) Plays music, sings, plays more music. Busks. Hangs out with friends. Plays D&D. Hangs out with girlfriend. Listens to music. Plays more music. Cooks a bit.

Apart from the not physically hanging out with friends for the most part, and having split up with his girlfriend this would be my DS16 too. With added movies/TV series binging.

#19 MarciaB

Posted 02 October 2019 - 09:50 AM

My 15 yo has yearly exams starting the day she goes back to school - so a bit of study happening.  I am trying to not get her to do too much study as she is pretty tired and well - it is Year 10.  

Otherwise - she is continuing with her sport training (2 sports with at least 1 session a day) and that is where most of her friends are so they sometimes do things before/after training (go for breakfast/lunch or just back to someone's house to hang out for a bit).

Otherwise - sleep.  A lot of sleep happens in the holidays.

#20 hills mum bec

Posted 02 October 2019 - 09:52 AM

Most days during the holidays DD15 is at home looking after DD8 while DH & I are at work.  They get on really well together and seem to have a lot of fun during the holidays.  There will be periods of watching TV or movies, reading and doing their own thing but they will also play board games and card games, walk the dogs, do some baking and the last couple of nights I have come home and they have shown me dance routines that they have made up together.

#21 **Xena**

Posted 02 October 2019 - 10:47 AM

Plays guitar and piano, draws, writes song lyrics, codes his game, plays games on his computer, plays DnD with us, works on a Saturday,

#22 JRA

Posted 02 October 2019 - 10:53 AM

DS is now 16. These holidays have been different but normally....

Summer, spends a fair bit of time at the beach, surfing and patrolling.

The rest of the time, a lot of time on computer gaming, or writing/composing music. Also listening to music all the time. Watches a bit of movies.  Generally catches up with friends as well. Most holidays he has two or three friends stay for 2 or 3 days.

When there is a girlfriend on the scene, a lot of time talking to her, or with her. Generally they have bene very studious, so often it may be even just studying together.

Depending on the holidays he may have also sporting commitments.

#23 ImperatorFuriosa

Posted 02 October 2019 - 11:36 AM

My 16 year old RP on discord, does visual arts, looks at youtube, goes to work. The only time I hear or see him is when he comes out for food, water, bathroom breaks.

#24 kadoodle

Posted 03 October 2019 - 10:41 PM

Listens to podcasts, reads, plays Nintendo, attempts to teach one of the dogs tricks, eats and sleeps. Also, fights with siblings. Lots of fights with siblings.

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