We've all been there, the moody gloomy teenager who doesn't want to socialise. Well, it is not good for their health or for you to have them home for the whole school holidays, so here are some ideas to get them making plans.
Depends on their age, but make some plans for them as well, in case they don't end up planning things with their friends. Things such as seeing cousins, going out to the movies together, that kind of stuff.
Look up some teenage school holiday programs and give them a choice which one they want to do. Give them two days to think it over and if they don't choose, then you choose it for them.
Let them know they have to call up some friends to make some plans either to hang out at each other's house or go to the movies, a skate park, bowling, or whatever they want to do. Give them the telephone and tell them they must call up at least three friends before a certain time frame, otherwise they'll be banned from something (computer, Xbox, Playstation)
Ask them what activities they are interested in. Whether they really want to see a movie or go out for lunch, then ask them and see if you can arrange that.
If you think they don't want to invite a friend over because of something in the house they feel embarrassed about, sit down and ask them what's up. They might feel paranoid because the floors always look dusty and dirty, or their little sister is always barging in their room, or it could be something you as the mother or father are doing wrong. Try and work out it with them and fix it and promise there'll be as little distractions as possible, and clean up the house the night before.
All kids love having a knid of take-away every now and again. Suggest to them to invite a friend out to McDonald's or a cafe and give them some money for them to get some lunch. They'll probably end up walking around the shopping complex while their at it.
Try to encourage physical activity. Tell them for every half an hour of exercise they do, they'll be rewarded with TV time or computer time. It's only fair they should have to earn their time.
Disconnect computers, laptops, game consoles from their rooms if they be stubborn. Don't give them back until they have decided to make plans with friends or cousins. If the gaming console in the bedroom is the main reason they don't feel like leaving the house, take it out and set it up elsewhere.
Hope these tips have helped you out and help get your teenager to socialise these school holidays.