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Surefire Way To Get Tweens To Enjoy A Family Vacation: Bring Cornhole

Taking a family vacation with a sullen tween might be one of the least enjoyable activities a parent experiences.  They whine about time with younger siblings.  They hate the patchy cell phone service while on the road.  And being away from friends for an extended period of time makes them downright nasty.

What can a parent do?  Pack the family’s cornhole boards.

If you are a hip parent, you probably already know what cornhole is.  If not, educate yourself real quick.  Then, consider all the reasons why the game should accompany you on your next vacay.

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Easy to Pack

All you have to do is pack the boards and the bags. The size of the board is thin enough to fit in a vehicle or even a large suitcase without any hassle. Most boards also fold so they will not be too long to fit in with your other items. Obviously, beanbags don’t take up a lot of space either.

The nice thing about this is there are not a ton of pieces that you must remember.  And let’s be real – tweens are notoriously forgetful.

Simple to Set Up and Play

The nice thing about this game is it is easy to set up. All you have to do is lay down the boards and pull out the bean bags.  Imagine how happy your tween would be to spend the next hour setting up a tent – all those poles and ropes and instructions to follow (gasp!) would definitely earn an eye roll.  Cornhole, on the other hand, provides near instant gratification.

 You will also find cornhole is something children of all ages can comprehend.  Your tween might not be too jazzed about spending time with younger siblings in normal circumstances.  But if he or she has the chance to decimate them on the cornhole court, family bonding might seem a little more appealing.  And isn’t that what family vacations are all about?

Entertainment at the Tip of Your Fingers

Entertainment is something you always need when you are on vacation. Whether you want something to do while you stretch your legs at a rest stop or want an activity to enjoy while you are at the camp grounds, a cornhole board can provide just the entertainment you are looking for.

When you are dealing with a vacationing tween, entertainment is a top priority.  Let them sit there and think about the current situation too long and they’re bound to realize everything they’re missing out on back home.  Distraction is the name of the game.

Customized Boards are Cool

During an episode of Gilmore Girls, Paris hit the nail on the head: “I know one thing about teens.  They’ll buy anything as long as it is leopard print.”

What does your tween think is “cool?”  A favorite football team?  A band?  The color pink?  Slap whatever it is your tween is passionate about on a cornhole board.  Now, it’s cool.  And now they’ll spend time with the family.

Going on vacation is something parents usually look forward to all year.  However, it isn’t always as appealing to tweens.  If you want to ensure your youngsters spend quality time with the family – instead of gaze longingly at their iPhone – remember to pack age-appropriate entertainment.

Karen Renshaw is a recent college graduate with a degree in Child and Family Services.  She stumbled upon this video regarding the cornhole game and it dawned on her – cornhole could be especially entertaining for a tween.  She tried the theory out with her younger sister the next time the family ventured out together.  The weekend getaway was way more successful than past attempts – all because of cornhole!

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About Dangerous Lee

Writer of essays, short stories and Ask A Black Girl. Author of Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down & The Half Series - When Black People Look White. Webmaster of DangerousLee.biz.

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