As a family cooking activity with teens
Strengthening the parent/teen relationship by having fun making a special meal, fostering good conversation and discovering one another’s favorite things
- Ask your teen to pick his or her favorite meal.
- Gather the ingredients (together, if possible).
- Set a night to cook together, teaching your teen how to make the meal.
- Write the recipe for your teen with a special note on the back from you.
ASK: Ask your teen why he or she chose this particular meal. Is there a unique memory or something else special about the meal?
DO: Take time to show your teen how to make the meal. Use the time spent together for “life coaching”—preparing him or her for the future through the teaching of following a recipe.
SHARE: If the meal has a special meaning to you or your family, share any stories, memories or pictures with your teen.
ASK: After cooking, spend time going through the following questions as you eat together. Remember, this is a time to listen and learn more about what your teen thinks, not to criticize or critique their answers.
What is your favorite. . .
- Activity you are involved in right now? Why?
- Thing about school? Why?
- Song or recording artist?
- Thing about our family?
- Thing about our church?
- Think about your walk with God?
ANSWER: Invite your teen to ask you similar “favorites” questions and/or come up with different questions. The goal is to enjoy dialogue together.
READ: Read James 1:17 together: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
PRAY: Thank God for your meal and for the many good things that He gives. Pray together: “We thank you, Lord, that we have so many things that are our ‘favorites.’ We acknowledge that every good and perfect gift is from you. Thank you for our time together. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.”
© 2011 Inkling Innovations, Lydia Randall