Saturday April 12, 2014
Cooking and baking can help involve teens in the Easter celebration. Although some teens may be interested in helping you create an Easter dinner
, other teens might be more interested in baking the Easter dessert. Here are some fun treats that teens can bake:
- Easter Cupcakes - These Easter Egg cupcakes are fun for teens to bake and decorate.
- Easter Basket Cake - This adorable Easter Basket cake involves candy bars, jelly beans, and marshmallow chicks or bunnies.
- Flower Garden Cake- This flower garden cake is the perfect way to celebrate spring. You can even personalize it with photo flowers to make it a truly unique piece.
- Sunflower Cake - This sunflower cake is super easy and serves as a beautiful centerpiece. Use yellow marshmallow chicks and some chocolate chips to turn a round cake into a sunflower.
- Bunny Cake - This bunny cake takes a little more work than some of the other desserts but the end result is worth the effort. It comes with step-by-step photo instructions to help you out along the way.
Saturday April 12, 2014
While many teens have outgrown traditional Easter egg hunts, there are still lots of ways to get teens involved in Easter celebrations. If your family has any particular religious or spiritual beliefs about Easter, get your teen involved in attending services. Talk about your beliefs and give your teen an opportunity to ask questions.
There are lots of other ways in which you can get your teen involved in celebrating Easter, whether it's decorating, cooking, or baking. You can also create a more "mature" Easter egg hunt. Get your teens friends involved and hide eggs at night and allow them to use flashlights to find the eggs.
If you're struggling to find some Easter gifts for your teen, here are over 100 Easter basket ideas for teens. Also, consider using these coupons as an inexpensive and fun alternative to chocolate and candy.
You can also use Easter as an opportunity to encourage teens to volunteer time or gifts to others. Fill Easter baskets for children at a local homeless shelter or donate to a charity that helps children in need. It can be a great opportunity to encourage teens to be grateful for what they already have and remember those who aren't as fortunate.
Friday April 11, 2014
If you're looking to do some Easter-related crafts with your teen, I've compiled a list from of projects from various About.com sites to give you some ideas. These projects are sure to please even the mature teen who may think she's too old to make cotton ball bunnies.
- Clay Pot Bunny Craft - This is a cute yet simple idea that you can customize to make it suit your teen's needs. Offer paint and some simple supplies and your teen can turn a plant pot into an Easter basket.
- Homemade Easter Decorations - Get your teen involved in helping you create some Easter decorations. Learn how to make anything from an Easter tree to an Easter wreath.
- Dyeing Easter Eggs - There are lots of ways to dye Easter eggs. Get as creative as you want with these ideas that will show you has to personalize eggs using a variety of techniques that will lead to beautiful, colorful eggs. And if you've ever wondered where the tradition of dyeing eggs came from, here's a quick history lesson that explains the different ways eggs have been colored around the world.
- Bunny and Carrot Eggs- This project shows how your teen can turn hard-boiled eggs into bunnies and carrots.
Tuesday April 8, 2014
Teaching teens about money is one of the most overlooked yet most important things a parent can do. After all, a teen's ability to make good decisions about money set him up for success for the rest of his life.
Smart Money Smart Kids is a helpful solution for parents who are wondering how to help their teen learn about money. Co-written by radio host Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze, the book gives parents practical ways to begin teaching kids about budgeting, saving, spending, and working. The book also explains how to help teens avoid debt, including student loans. (See my interview with Rachel Cruze about how to help teens graduate debt free). The entire book is filled with valuable tips on how you can teach your teen to win with money.
Unfortunately, many teens enter into the adult world without any idea how to behave responsibly when it comes to money. By the time many of them land their first job, they're already deeply in debt and aren't sure how to get out. Make sure your teen is prepared to pay bills, establish a budget, and save for the future.
Smart Money Smart Kids officially goes on salle on April 22 but you can pre-order it now. In fact, if you order early, you can earn up to $50 in free gifts.