Updated: Dec 14, 2021
Christmas should be feeling a bit more normal this year so long as we don’t get last minute lockdown restrictions imposed, so it’s time for your teen to kick back and enjoy the holidays. That said, whether they’re in GCSE or sixth form years, they should keep an eye on doing things that not only get them into the Christmas spirit, but also to give them something standout to talk about in interviews and applications for jobs or further study. Read on to find out our top five suggestions.
If you’re interested in what you can do at home to help them do better with their studies, check out:
1. Create a 'holiday vibe'
Holidays should feel different, and with decorations and lights galore, that’s fairly easy to achieve over Christmas. Get them involved in creating the holiday vibe at home by helping put up the decorations, choosing or decorating the tree, making each part of the home feel special, including their own room and even any outside space.
If they’re creative, perhaps they could make some of their own unique decorations. It’s can be a great activity for siblings and the whole family to enjoy together.
2. Start a business:
If your teen has the enthusiasm and ability, the Christmas holidays can be the perfect opportunity for them to start a new business venture. This needn't be costly and If things go really well, they may even have the beginnings of a career working for themselves. If your teen needs some inspiration, ideas might include:
Creating and selling wreaths;
Selling Christmas Hampers;
Designing Christmas cards;
Setting up a fashion store;
Offering dog walking services;
Creating personalized gifts; or
Becoming a social media influencer.
Starting a business can help develop key transferrable skills – find out why here.
3. Be creative in the kitchen:
From minced pies to gingerbread men, there are plenty of reasons to spend time with your teen in the kitchen this Christmas. If your teen is already an experienced cook, you could allow them to prepare a festive meal, such as Christmas breakfast or Boxing Day lunch. If this seems too adventurous, how about getting them to decorate Christmas cookies or prepare a special treat, such as Christmas pudding?
4. Get some virtual work experience:
Lots more businesses are now offering online work experience, so your teen could benefit from doing some virtual work experience this holiday. Virtual work experience gives them the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace, develop their skills, boost their employability and explore new industries and job roles. To learn more about virtual work experience opportunities, click here.
5. Volunteer Together:
Teach your teen the spirit of giving this festive season by encouraging them to show kindness to strangers. This might include them volunteering at a shelter, writing Christmas cards to local care homes or donating old clothes, gifts and games to those in need. Helping charitable causes is one of the top ways to increase happiness.
Remember, you can always teach your teens about the importance of giving, but you cannot force them to enjoy or adopt it. Try to do these things together and lead by example.
Let us know if you try out any of these ideas and how they go. If you’d like to know what your teen can do to stand out from others in job and university applications, it’s all in our specialist guide:
The Parent’s Guide to Standing out from the crowd – suitable from Year 10 to Year 13.
We always love to hear from you, so do let us know if there are any subjects you’d like us to chat to you about. Have a wonderful festive break - Darius