Things to Do – Winter 2019
Just yesterday I was sitting in my office watching the newest installment of Lifeteen’s Youtube series, “#LTRealTalk.” This series takes current pop culture news and breaks it down in a 3-5 minute video. The video discusses the event and then compares it to our faith life as well as the “do’s and don’t’s” of our moral life. In the latest video, one of the hosts of #LTRealTalk talks about a talented and beautiful musician, Halsey. Now, from experience I know that Halsey’s music isn’t always the most appropriate, and she has in the past been the face of the pro-choice movement. Because of this, I was gearing up for a negative depiction of this talented woman.
What I ended up watching, however, was a 4 minute video building her up. Apparently, she had performed on SNL this past weekend, and while she was singing, she painted a picture on a very large canvas. The host talked about how important this was, how she was cultivating creativity, and in doing so, creating something very beautiful. As the video continued, I couldn’t help but think about all of our middle school and high school students. The reason being? Snow!
From talking to our youth, I have discovered that they are bored. It’s becoming more and more difficult to find things to do during the abundant number of snow days this winter. The reality is that regardless or how much of a burden and inconvenience it is to the parents and educators, the current amount of snow days they are receiving is a huge blessing that they most likely will never be blessed with again. They have been provided with ample time to create beauty, grow in self-knowledge, nurture relationships with siblings, and foster any indoor talents they may have. What I will attempt to do in the remainder of this post is to provide multiple ideas for them to do so.
- If you have a piano on hand, have your teen look up some chords, YouTube videos, and have them teach themselves their favorite pop song!
- Audrey Assad, Francesca Battistelli, Lauren Daigle. Enjoy some really great enriching music by these singers.
- Go on Amazon.com and buy a beginner’s guide on how to play the ukulele. Then buy this cheap ukulele (link below). Bam, hours of fun to be had!
- Here is an inexpensive one, but there are more options of higher quality ukuleles on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Martin-Smith-UK-222-Soprano-Ukulele/dp/B077F1G21S/ref=sr_1_9?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1550610743&sr=1-9&keywords=ukulele
- Ascension Presents. Everything they post is so good!
- Lifeteen #LTRealTalk, but make sure you’re prepared to use your catechism or my email when they ask you questions because they can cover some rich but controversial topics!
- Catholic Things You Should Know – 5 star podcast right there!
- Mike Schmitz podcasts.
- Pray-As-You-Go – and learn how to pray with scripture!
- I know this sounds silly and there might be pushback with the kiddos, but when I was younger, my sister (4 years older than me) and I would create choreographed dances to songs. In those years, we would fight all the time, but making up dances (mostly to Tarzan songs) were some of my fondest memories with her. Now she’s my best friend!
- Any board games! Chess and Checkers are oldies but goodies.
- I’m a huge fan of the game Exploding Kittens (a weird type of Uno game).
- Sumo Ball!
- Buy this acrylic paint set from Michaels Arts and Crafts as well as a couple cheap canvases and get your creative juices flowing!
- Buy some water colors and water color paper!
- Buy knitting needles and some yarn! Watch a couple YouTube videos on knitting and teach yourself how to knit!
(* = the book was recommended but I have not personally read it)
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, intense, but quite inspiring!
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I read this book for the first time in 8th grade, and I was not exactly an above average reader but I LOVED it.
- For all the ladies out there: Becoming the Woman God Made You To Be by Tammy Evevard.
- For your hopeless romantic: How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul by Crystalina and Jason Evert
- A seemingly perfect fit in these circumstances. Blessed are the Bored in Spirit by Mark Hart*
- Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints by Colleen Swaim*
- For your athlete! Remember Why You Play: Faith, Football, and a Season to Believe by David Thomas*
- Write letters to family members (snail mail is SO FUN TO RECEIVE).
- Call a grandparent (they won’t be alive forever) and ask them how they met their spouse or how they felt when they had their children. Have them describe their favorite moments in life, and then later on in life you won’t be wishing you’d asked them those questions when they were alive!
- Watch a couple episodes of, Marie Kondo: Tidying Up and then have them declutter their rooms!
- Have them make dinner, “Chopped” style. Give them 4 ingredients, time them, and have them make a creation! (Pretend you enjoy it even if you don’t. 🙂 )
- Have them try their hand at baking, find a 4 ingredient recipe!
If your teen is your little athlete have them shovel the driveway, but time them!
Take Advantage of this Blessing!
As you can see there are so many ways your teen can take advantage of this blessing in disguise. I hope they do! Remember, I am still in the office so if you want more ideas or to bounce ideas off of me, feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email!
Below are the videos I talked about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1CPxMTQlF0&list=PLeYPzNQ7pEh__SE8Z06FzSeWRTTy6XwHg – #LTRealTalk video on creativity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr6Fpty1ZpQ – Halsey’s SNL performance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AazOXvH0Vk&list=PLeYPzNQ7pEh__SE8Z06FzSeWRTTy6XwHg&index=15 – I had to include a video that Leah Murphy hosted because she is my favorite #LTRealTalk host. Also, don’t let your kid watch The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, it’s super shady. 😛