Top 10 Things To Do With Your 13 Year Old Over The Summer


Two weeks and counting until my 7th grader enters summer vacation. When she was younger, we planned our days between morning swim team practices and afternoon summer camps.

But what do you do with a 13 year old? She's too young to work; too old for most summer camps. While she is in a couple of sports camps, how can I keep her busy while I try to squeeze in a few hours of work each day?

We've got it all planned out.

1. Catch up on reading. My daughter loves books, and has accumulated a number of novels over the past year that she just couldn't squeeze in between homework assignments. We've already created a stack of must-reads that she'll be starting on soon.

2. Volunteer at the library. Our local library has a kids program that rewards summer readers. They look for teen volunteers to help run the program, so she'll be hanging out at the library a few times this summer.

3. Convert her playroom into a library/study room. She's actually very excited about this. She'll be sorting through things and deciding which toys/games to donate or sell at a yard sale and which to keep. She's also going to be painting the room in her favorite colors, and finding shelves, desks and possibly a couch to give it a comfortable feel. I'll be teaching her how to use and to find good deals on furnishings.

4. Start a blog. Like every 13 year old, she's been asking for ways to earn extra money. So why not teach her how to blog? I'll be setting her up with a blog, and teaching her how to blog. Then we can compare our blogs - and maybe even learn from each other.

5. Plan out day trips. We have a heavy travel schedule in the fall, so we're not planning a large vacation this summer. But living in the Rocky Mountains means we have amazing places just a short drive away. She'll be planning out some fun places to visit just a short drive from our home.

6. Hangin' out. She is 13 after all - what could be more fun than hanging out with friends? A day at the pool, a movie or two, or even a sleepover with her favorite friends is at the top of the list. Sometimes hanging out can be difficult with all of the extra activities during the school year - so we're putting them on the calendar already.

7. Writing. Writing is a big part of my daughter's life, and she hopes to be an author some day. So why not start now? She loves being online, so I'll have her create a few articles that interest her, and teach her how to share with the online world. Hubpages, here she comes.

8. Learn a new sport. Gold - tennis - softball - swimming. There are so many choices. The great thing about summer is you can head outside and try your hand at anything. I've always wanted to kayak - maybe we'll both give it a try this year.

9. Sleep in. Yep, just like hanging out, sleeping in is big on her list. So if I'm up at 5, and she sleeps til 10, I guess I can have almost a full days work in before she's ready to go for the day.

10. Get ready for the new school year. I know the new school year will be here before we know it. There's school supplies to buy, clothes to shop for, locker accessories to buy. So much to do; so little time.

Summer, here we come!

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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Lori, what a wonderful list of possibilities for your daughter's summer activities! I am sure, that this summer is going to be a very special for her. Maybe, she could also write a hub about one of her summer days...


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Andy Xie 8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thanks, this is great! I have a 13-year-old daughter too. There's nothing worse than having a kid just sit around and watch tv all summer. (Although my kid won't be doing that this year, she'll be going through hardcore piano practice for her exam!)

And also, blogging IS a great idea, I've gotten my daughter started up on blogging and she loves it.

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New Day 8 years ago from Western United States

Lori, I love this list of activities for a 13-year old. My 11 year old son is already showing signs of being "too old" for many activities and "too young" for others. I will consult your list for ideas. He could be into a blog! Thanks!

henry 8 years ago

realy cool sounds like fun

Frank 7 years ago

I love this article, cos my lil sis is just 10 and it seem she is older than my mum...I will consult your list for ideas. He could be into a blog! Thanks!

Anna 7 years ago

I think its real nice to think about your daughter.... but im thirteen and reading?? writing?? you do that at school! do stuff that you don't do everyday... like ... when i was 11 we painted the drivway.. with washable paint... when i rained we would play in the colors .. stuff like that that's fun and creative...:)

Anna 7 years ago

and saying the f word makes you sound like a two year old just sayin

lauren 7 years ago

Um im 13 and that doesn't really sound that fun

you should do something like ice skateing or adventure parks,

the beach but it depends on what kind of person you are

but most 13 year olds like someing wild fun and crazy and

they like being with there friends so let them bring a friend along i should know i am one

Jade  7 years ago

im a 13 year old and i would never do anything like thiss i wouldd go shoppingg,, sleep out,, meet boyss,, and have a laugh. thatss my listt

Nathalie 7 years ago

I would recommend taken your kids tree zipping or glidding in Rigaud. Lots of fun. It helps with their self esteem and they have fun at the same time. It's takes about 3 hours to do. fun for the whole family actually!!! and then the best part is the next day when your kids are sore everywhere and just take it easy for a day!!!

Nathalie 7 years ago

I would recommend taken your kids tree zipping or glidding in Rigaud. Lots of fun. It helps with their self esteem and they have fun at the same time. It's takes about 3 hours to do. fun for the whole family actually!!! and then the best part is the next day when your kids are sore everywhere and just take it easy for a day!!!

Abbey 7 years ago

I'm 13 and i agree with Anna. You need to make a new list full of more creative things. Or invite a load of fiends around, (i mean a lot, well not too many). Then have a huge summer party. Music, BBQ, it is loads of fun!!!

I've been to 3 this summer held by people my age and older so it is a good idea...

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hanskrafter 7 years ago from United Kingdom

That is very useful information!

Liza 7 years ago

This list stinks,{No Offense}

Kj 7 years ago

Umm this is a really bad list no offence but I'm 13 and I havnt thought tht most of those thongs were fun since I was like7. Just let her have fun, I'm sure that she has a boyfriend or best friend, just let her hang out with the when ever she wants, besides she will start to think that you are a cool mom and that you'll trust her with things.

mac 7 years ago

That is the worst list(no offense) what 13 year old would do that im 13 my ideas are go to parties, go to parties and go to more parties. You have got to do something fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GoGranny 7 years ago from Southeastern PA

Dear Lori, I hope you didn't let the negative comments divert you from the types of plans you had with your daughter 2 years ago. That was a very nice list that could be used by parents today. I believe the lack of such activities is part of the problem with kids like Anna, Lauren, Jade, Liza, ksnjxxbdos, KJ, and Mac. Their parents don't seem to have time to spend with them, make sure they learn manners, or make sure they know how to spell at 13! Teenagers today want to do adult things...want to grow up fast...which invariably gets them in trouble one way or another, sooner or later. Your ideas for your daughter are great, and she will always appreciate the time you spent with her as a kid. Nice hub!

-insertnamehere- 7 years ago

Dear Lori (if that is your preferred name),

I would like to start my comment by saying that I am 13, and where I live, it's the Summer/Christmas holidays.

I've done most of the things on your list.

I don't think they're stupid, silly, childish, or any other opinions that other people my age have come up with. Sure, I find technology, friends, and shopping as interesting as the next guy, but I, perhaps, do those things differently, and less often. In moderation, you could say.

I'd also like to add that when I hang out with my friends, what we do depends on the friend I'm with, not some silly, (or I think so, at least), definition of what a person my age should do, have done, or be doing. Maybe the fact that I have middle-aged parents have given me a different perspective.

But in any case, you can have my ten cents. And if your daughter is still interested in writing, she may find this site interesting: I know I do.


kendall 7 years ago

ok i really don't want to be mean or anything here and i do find it good that you do spend time with your daghter but not every girl wants to do that and i am 13 and my parents don't set aside time for me all i do is play sports when i feel like it, and hang out with my friends, thats what i and a lot of my other friends like to do and its fun. and it is good to support daghter to cuz my parents don't really do that and i wish they would, also let her do what swhe wants i mean like give her som more freedom and let her do what she wants and stay out of her business, if she want to tell you something she will tell her but still remind her that she can talk to her and you wont judge heror she wont talk to you for lke a really long time. but in the summer time everybody just want to relax so remember that too.

Yarlinne 7 years ago

My daughter wants to be an author too!

She sounds so similar to this said daughter of yours.

My daughter has a brilliant imagination, she's also very intellegent and does sports too.

Lots on the list are the same as my daughter!

:) PKB me. Thanx

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highgosj 6 years ago

Very interesting list! That's all that i am going to say, but i wouldn't do half that stuff if i was between the ages 6 and 120. Sorry but it's true!

Name: 6 years ago

Im 13 as well i think the whole part of the list is exciting , painting the playroom would be fun aswell to make it more personalised for studying.

xdbjx 6 years ago

No offfense or anything ot you, but im 13 years old and none of this is even on my daily school schedule i hate reading, writing all of that because no kid wants to do that in summer vacation because it is supposdly to be a break from school! So maybe try sumthing fun lyke universal maybe a cruise and try bringing friends along.. I know my mom struggles because she has 3 kids and is a stay at home works at home mom and my dad doesn't come home till 3 in the morning but my mom trys all she can to spend all the tyme we have together FUN or INTERESTING or Exciting because otherwise ur daughter will not want to be your best friend.. My mom is my bet friend i tell her evrything

cdewicburobvp 6 years ago

I'm 13 year old girl but sorry but i don't think anyone at that age would like to be seen with their mummy by there sides 24/7. Reading and writing you do that at school for projects and to much of it so why do that on holidays? Get your kids to go to the movies with friends and shop and even bring boys. I know it would be hard but let go they want space and btw this is what I told my parents. No camps at this age would really won't see your kids as much because they will be having a bf or a gf or trying by hanging out to. Only if they won't to ask them what they want to do not what you think would be right because what you think is right is not always "cool" in our books hope this one help you parents. sorry if it sounded mean but just telling true facts or only geeky kids would hang out with parents 24/7. And I do tell my mum most things just not hang out with her a lot anymore and I would be hell embaressed if other years older than me saw me with mum while they weren't or people in my year with them self and I was with my mum. Sorry :( for sounding mean once again ily xoxoxoxo

rebecca 6 years ago

that's so cool my daughter is so into blogging

Tia :) 6 years ago

heyy, im 13 and i think this list is pretty rubbish. how boring can you get? i dnot mean to be rude but we are meant to be having fun. going alton towers, adventure island, fun things!!

Peggs 6 years ago

I'm the mother of three teenagers, our youngest will be 13 this summer. I think these other 13-yr-olds are missing the point. Lori is not boxing her daughter into these activities, she obviously knows her daughter and has talked with her about what she would like, too. Of course I'd like to eat brownies and watch TV 24/7 this summer, but that is not a balanced life, and ultimately, leads to regrets of some type. Just hanging out, partying, etc. all summer is doable, but regretable waste of your time. Everyone needs balance.... and believe it or not, not everyone is the same. Some people truly enjoy reading, writing, blogging, getting outside and hiking, kayaking, or learning how to cook, etc. My 13 yr old son and I are working on our master plan for this summer, to include martial arts, kayaking, camping, hiking, cooking, swimming, museums, library, reading list (AR books for the coming school year), and believe it or not, some math, science, and writing! Summer is a great opportunity to do the things you haven't had time to do during the school year, to learn something new, brush up on old skills, travel, adventure, etc.

11 year old. 6 years ago

hi, as you can see, i'm 11 years old. i think most of the things were very fun and thoughtful. make sure you don't treat her too much like a baby though! and also, make sure your plans don't take up all the time, give her time with friends xx

Alisha  6 years ago

I am 13. Me personally would love to do that stuff. Also kids who party all the time probably don't do that well in school. In my opinion, you should ask her what she wants to do. If she likes that list, go with it. If not make a new list together. Don't listen to the other idiots.

kw 6 years ago

im 13 too and i like to go to the movies with all of my friends and go shopping and go to each other's houses... i agree with Jade and Abbey (:

kw 6 years ago

o ya and i enjoy parties and all that and i have straight As so its not always like that...

sdfghjkl 6 years ago

i think this list is pretty boring i am 11 years old and i wouldn't do that evan when im 13 its supposed to be a break from writing and reading u should do something more fun like camping and having water fights

doineedaname? 6 years ago

I'm 13... I find this list accectable in sorts.... But being 13 I feel that I like it best when I'm not pushed into too many things at once, so for those of you mothers reading this comment- just know that your daughter/son should have time to relax during summer vacation and he/she should not be pushed into something they do not want to do. They have the right to take things at their own pace and I feel that you should encourage them to try new things, but not go so overboard they feel commanded by you.

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danny 6 years ago

im 13 and they all sound like rubbish ideas i mean com on writing that's why we go to school y do it at home in ur own time, take use paintballing or somin.

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deepthinker76 6 years ago from South Carolina

This is WONDERFUL and USEFUL information! Im excited with the refreshing new ideas, THANK YOU :)

louie 6 years ago

ill be 13 in a few months and this list is kindda boring on summer break kids don't like working all we want to do is have fun.

idk 6 years ago

this list is bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbboooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnggggggggg i rather do some thing else 1 party 2. watch tv /movie 3. paint nails 4. haung out with a a friend ect.

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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

I think SOME kids won't be interested in these activities, as too many people have rudely pointed out, but they are all wonderful suggestions. Our summer break is only 2 months long and always seems to be over much too soon. Thanks for the ideas! Keep Hubbing!

Gabz 6 years ago

I'm 13 and that just about sounds like the worst thing to do ever what kind of sick messed up person would think and child would want to not forget about school. The point of the summmer holiday is to relax and forget about school and not to do what we do nearly all year round. LEARN! So go and take your crappy ideas and shuv them up my.... Ur so annoying I wunder what u were thinking by posting such an idiotic thing I mean help out at a library sooo weird.

Kenna 6 years ago

It's funny that you can tell how immature these 13 year olds are that are posting on your list of things to do with your daughter. She is obviously intelligent and enjoys doing things other than just "partying" which to a 13 year old means being around some of your friends drinking a juice box. and likes to do things to help the community. I think your list is excellent, especially since you obviously have a great relationship with your daughter and know what she likes.

Amanda 6 years ago

You guys don't need to be so rude. I'm 14 in two months and I hang out with my mom all the time! YOUR FAMILY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR FRIENDS!!! Can you remember hanging with friends as much as your family? I know I can't!! Sure writing and volunteering at the library aren't as fun as other things but I like them and OTHER PEOPLE LIKE THEM TOO!!!!!! Everyone is different and you don't need to go around being mean and saying 'no offense' this and 'no offense' that. I hope no one listens to those kind of people. They are the lazy butts that don't do anything with their life. Oh, and by the way, NO OFFENSE to the kids that actually have brains.


tia 6 years ago

i'm thirteen, and i wouldn't do any of this? i like being gone most the time, and i don't mind an occasional book or two over the summer but this is like way to far? i like hanging out with guys. yeah, um partying, its actually pretty hardcore with us. gosh, all i plan on doing is playing softball, staying up all night, being at the beach all day w/ my friends, and staying at there houses for a long time, i don't like my house and im pretty sure no thirteen year old likes it. maybe your keeping your daughter a little too close? cause by the time shes sixteen or seventeen, shes gunna want nothing to do with you. k, that's my two cents. let her get a twitter, myspace and everything else. Baiii.

Mia 6 years ago

im thirteen and i wouldn't mind doing some of those things but i would still like to relax and chill out with my friends. I think you need to get the balance right between spending time with your family and spending time with your friends. I am close to my mum and i tell her almost everything but she understands that i need to make my own decisions.

caroline 6 years ago

im thirteen and i would hate to do any of those things THEY ALL SUCK does your daughter have a LIFE? this list is stupid....

kw1 6 years ago

what is the deal with all the thirteen year old girls wanting to hang out with guys have they all been turned into little ho's now. they need to understand they are playing with fire and will eventually get burned

becca 6 years ago

wow. it's really funny how many of the 13 year olds, like the one that used the word "suck" are so angry about the the prospect of a summer with some stimulation, motivation and shared family moments, things that could help them be better more evolved and intelligent people, which would only help the world at large and everyone in it. But how can we expect them to know this, or care? They're young and as the saying goes, "We get too soon old, and too late smart." That used to hang on a plaque in my grandfather's office.... made an impression on me in my childhood. But then again, I was a kid who had more foreword thinking and progressive instincts than the negative children posting on this board. As most of us know, past the age of twenty one, gone are the days when we could hang with our family, write and read and learn a sport and take day trips that someone else paid for! Kudos to the 13s who stand on their own and choose to be different, it was refreshing to hear a few bold and mature 13 year old comments on here. I wouldn't want to hang with a friend that used the words and had the attitudes that the rest of these 13 year old posters have. They sound selfish and superficial. My daughter is 13, and she knows these types at school. She ignores them. They end up being silly high schoolers too and even more ridiculous adults. When I returned to the town I grew up in, I saw these types that i felt separate from when I was 13, and instead of hanging out in their backyards, they're now moving on to their regular barstools. The one who says "Does your daughter have a life,"...she's so sad. Probably like many, lost on facebook, making dumb comments and spelling erors, taking surveys with bad grammar and banal topics and waiting for another "friend" to tell her they "like this" when her status is "bored." That poor child thinks that is life. The mom who wrote this article, is thinking of what to do for her 13 year old, instead of thinking of her own summer. That is a mom i'd be honored to have. Depressing that kids will want to write on this board and attack a well meaning person. What does this say about our society? What kind of legacy are we leaving to our kids, so that they turn out this way? That's why the writer of this article should be commended. Her daughter will have a life and it will mean something. I found this site while searching for things that would give my 13 year old probably her last summer of innocence and fun and growth before she does get swept up in the typical waste of time that many live through at this age. You've got my vote.

Caroline 6 years ago

Um excusee but all the other 13 year old comments are plain rude, I'm 13 and I would love to do that with my mom. Thank you Lori!!!

Sam 6 years ago

I'm 13 as well - and most of that stuff sounded pretty fun to me. I mean, aside from the volunteer hours at the library and preparing for the next school year - I think the others would be great to do. The playroom part - turning it into a study would be a good thing. I don't have a playroom - I lost that when I was 10. One trip I would recommend would be the beach. If your daughter is anything like me, the beach is heaven.

Jessica 6 years ago

I am going to "babysit" a nine and eleven year old, I am very excited. I love your list, loved the comments even more! Haha.. I do hope that you followed through and made great memories with your daughter. One thing I would add to the list is time in the kitchen! Creating new things, like a favorite recipe! YUM! I am looking forward to making memorable times with these children, wish me luck! and thanks for the ideas!

Kim K. 6 years ago

Hi for those first comments from parents u obviously have no idea what ur talking about or have socially challenged kids not trying to b cool or anything but this list really does suck

ben dover 6 years ago

this shit sucks

Kellse 6 years ago

its funny readingthese comments cuz everybody has diff opinions. and that lady who said 13 year olds need to spell, its okay, they're just short cuts. i agree that some teens like reading, but summer is spossed to be amazing! do things you cant during the school year, beach, chillen, shoppin, movies, friends, parties ect. like w.e. you want to do, its ok to get a book in there, but don't think about accademics the whole summer. i personaly get As and Bs in school and still love to have fun. planning day trips is a good idea, but not too many, and inviting a friend or a few friends would be fun, i did that during spring break and it was a blast. going to amusment parks is also fun. so is just hangign by the pool. and to 'gvdrlgbsrlgl', you remind me of my friend, ahah sounds like something he would say. .... [: oh, and one more thing i love,love,love to do, i

sammy 6 years ago

im 13 yrs old and i wud neva do any of those that sound stupid i wud hang with friends go to the beach meet guys go shoping with friends go to amusement parks and have btw lamee

the AWESOME becca 6 years ago

im sorry. but reading and writing and all that nonsense is crazy. im 13 and i wanna do fun stuff!! i mean, redoing a room would be awesome, but into a LIBRARY!?! ummm i don't think so!! i have a boyfriend, and 2 best friends and we hang out all the time!! go see movies, go swimmin, go to the lake, HAVE FUN!! not sitting reading books. im playin soccer on a U16 team and im only 13. i feel bad for ur daughter. i stay up til like 2 in the mornin, its awesome!! who wants to read books? im sure i don't. the majority of the 13 yr olds on here DO NOT wanna do this stupid crap over their summer!! LISTEN TO US!! WE KNOW WHAT WE LIKE!! WERE 13!! i mean, just a suggestion.

Rachel 6 years ago

I am 13 and i wish my mum made time to think about that sort of stuff... yeah i don't really want to spend summer doing some of the things on that list but obvs it works for them. no need to insult people because they think different things are fun.

Mommy in Cal 6 years ago

I would love to give my 13 year old more space, but she hasn't shown that she can make good decisions. We told her not to cook when we weren't home, so she stuck rice in a bowl with a metal spoon in the microwave and blew out black holes in the microwave glass. She is rude and unappreciative. We let her do a lot with friends, but sometimes we don't want to take the whole world with us when we go places. I would love to let my daughter hang out at the mall with friends, but there are too many wierdos. So....maybe if you show your parents more responsibility and maturity we parents would trust you to do more things independently.

Erica 6 years ago

Hello I am erica,

I am 13 and I think this article is great.

Most people say that this sucks but u listen to your heart. Well when I was little I use to do that stuff.

I am 13 and I do scrap-booking, card making, painting my nails, reading a book, writing a poem, jewellery make as i am really good at that, and arts and crafts.

erica xoox

Jessica 6 years ago

no offense but some of these are lame. I love the sleeping in one though.

tango 6 years ago

who reads????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

no offense (lame)

christine 6 years ago

I am 14 and I would hate doing all off this stuff.( sleeping in is ok) But really I want to party. All the time. And hang out with my boyfriend.

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myah 6 years ago

I just turned 13 last Thursday and this is very usefull, but would add more stuff to it like go to the cemetary at night and play hide n seek in it or go for a walk a take pictures on the way.

heap of shit 6 years ago

wdf!! r u serious

Bella 6 years ago

it's about varity. she can watch TV, go to movies, hang out with her friends and go to parties. it doesn't mean she can't spend time reading and writing, which come teenagers actually enjoy. i'm 14 and want to be a writer too. which means i spend time writing and reading in the holidays and i promise no one find it weird. at my school at least 5 girls are writing books.

Anne 6 years ago

I'm 11 years old and almost turning 13 in a few years. Your list of things to do in the summer is great. It would really keep me busy, instead of sitting at home all day doing nothing,not even things with your parents. or your daughter can also enjoy her summer by earning money from jobs from a close neighbor or friend.

Ollie 6 years ago

I am 13 and the top 3 suggestions are nothink i or any 1 i know would ever do!

katiex3 6 years ago

im 13 cummn 14 in a few mnths and some of this stuff sounds kinda fun buh i wuld like to hang out wae my friends and meet guys and just be a teenager. i love hangin out wae my mom but we do fun things!! if i sound rude i dnt mean too sorry

as for the people who are bein rude i know tha at most 13 year olds don't wana do these things but L0Ri knows wat her daughter likes and wants to do if yu dnt wan do it then yu dnt hav to comment!! okay ?;)

wow 6 years ago

This is the worst list ever...

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Miyla 6 years ago

Dear Lori,

That list sounds like so much fun! Im 13 and painting the play room sounds like loads of fun. And to all of the people that ripped on her list are RUDE!!!!!!!!! If you don't like the list than you are probably trying to grow up to fast! So to all of you 13 year olds that like to party,hang out with friends 24/7, and sleep till 3 p.m. nothing is better than spending time with family, cause someday they just might not be there to spend the day with you. p.s. hanging out with friends is fun but be responsible and only in moderation so you have time for other people in your life

bulldog big fan 6 years ago

cool... I guess

kristi 6 years ago

all of this stuff sounds so boring.I am a 13 year old girl looking for stuff to do.None of this stuff looks or sounds fun.

(: KUTIE PIE :) 6 years ago

Hey people i am a 13 year old girl and ohnestly not to be rude but all of this stuff is lame and boring.I mean come on put some fun things on the list.Like go swimming, have a sleepove, go shopping please do that. :) :) :) :) (: KUTIEPIE :)

DippyDoo x 6 years ago

Well....go to the library and reading?? tht sucks not a lot of 13 year olds would want to do tht, they like doin exciting stuff!

no name 6 years ago

Dear Lori

this list sucks ass. im 13 and none of us want to do anything like that. reading, writing, volunteer work, are you people serious. parents need to let their kids go now.


in text talk: txt means text: wtf means what the fu*k:omg means oh my god: brb means br right back: idk means i don't know. so we DO KNOW HOW TO SPELL. Thanks:D

no name 6 years ago

P.P.S. teens r naturally rude so, DEAL WITH IT AND DON'T TELL US WE R RUDE, WE KNOW.

6 years ago

Hi I am M and I am 13 and reading? Writing? Doesn't really sound fun.

I home school and I love reading but i still don't wanna do it all the time.

I would do some things on ur list like blogging juat not with my mom or dog

And I do think there should be some thing like hanging out with ur friends and having and going to partys on ur list. I am sorry if I was rude but I was

Just giving my opinion on things... :-D Hope i didn't hurt any ones feelings.

ashi 6 years ago

im 13 and OMG!!!!!! how boring can u get?!?! no offense but really?! just let kids do wat they want, and let 'em go WILD!!

hailey 6 years ago

Um is it just me, or is it really creepy that your posting this.

bppeldf 6 years ago

hi this list has great ideas

anonymous 6 years ago

h im a 13 year old and i was bored and looked at your suggestions and im really glad im not your daughter cause i wouldn't want to do any of these things

Anonymous, U.K. 6 years ago


I am a thirteen year old girl and I do think that some of the things on this list sound quite fun. To be honest, I wouldn't do some of the things on this list, as I would not find them entertaining in my summer holidays. This is just my opinion, I am not being rude. I like to read, but I don't arrange days for reading, if that is what you meant in the article. What I prefer to do is go to the library at the beginning of the summer holidays, and read them before I go to bed every night. Strangely enough, I too would like to be an author when I'm older. As for all the other people my age saying that they like to party and go out with friends, I like to do that too! I do go out most days during summer with my friends but once or twice a week I go out with my family. Sometimes just my mum, or my dad, but mostly it's the whole family. I enjoy these days out! Over here we get six or seven weeks for the summer holidays. I'm not sure how long you get though. Anyway, thanks for some ideas!

Clare 6 years ago

Ok.. I'm 11 and I wouldn't do any of those things! (Except hanging out with friends and movies and sleepovers) you wont get your teen to volunteer! You'll have a lot of trouble if you follow this list! Just except that all we wanna do is chat online, have sleepovers, hang out, that sort of thing! If you really want to play, try it with her younger siblings!

Betty 6 years ago

I'm 13 ad I would love to do some of this with my mum but I can't she is always busy and some of the comments of ppl my age are totally rude everyone has their own taste and there is nothin wrong with this list. And anyone who says that they havn't found any of these fun since they were lik 5 is either lying, has no imagination, or is being a snob. Sure I don't like all of these cause i'm no good at writing but you do realise people that every time you look at a fashion magazine or a comic your reading!!!!!!!

Danielle 6 years ago

WOW, gayest list ever. Only a nerd would find any of these things fun.

Mel 6 years ago

U Rudeosss im 11 and this list of cool like the changing play room into study... the transformation part but err about the rest... and as for you 13 year old! If u don't like this website then don't read it and move on!! No need to make rude coments

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writer132 6 years ago

Maybe a spa/shopping/all girls/eat out for lunch and/or dinner would be AMAZING!

I'm 12 almost 13 and this is mostly things that I would want to do!

bud 6 years ago

wat about sleeping with people at parties..... so hot!

j.r. 6 years ago

im 13 and i really do think this list is pretty lame i mean who reads in the summer that's what going to school is for i would rather go out party with friends or go to the beach and party!! i really think that u need to make a new list that people will acually want to do.

lucy 6 years ago

I'm 14 and those ideas sound like a lot of fun! Most ideas wont suit all teenagers as we are all different but what's important is that you're daughter loved them. Maybe I should decorate my room......

c.d. 6 years ago

i'm thirteen and i think those ideas sound fun. and for the record, not that there is one, i like to read books and write stories during summer. i know we write at school a lot especially since i'm in a catholic private school but writing helps with anger. and sometimes i can't help but feeling angry.

em 6 years ago

i am a 13 year old girl and i love volunteering especially at humane societies!! i find some comments very shallow, sure i love to hang with my friends, go to parties but how do you do that all summer? i love reading and writing, i have over 300 books in my room!! dissing lori for helping others is not fun at all!! and for those people using the word "gay" as an insult, let me tell you, i would rather kiss every single gay guy in the world then even touch a guy who believes that!! really i like my family a lot but i can't spend all the time with them so go exploring my neighborhood or do some sports. sure teenagers can be rude, i am freaking queen of talking back to my mother, does that mean that i have to be mean?? nooooooooo!! call me a goody 2 shoes if you want i believe we are all different so you don't need to totally rip the carpet from under lori's feet, because that's not something you would do for the summer!!

adele 6 years ago

i'm 13 and i would hate to do anything with my mom! i'd just want to hand out w/ my friends!!!!!!! D:

SMileyFace! 6 years ago

I'm Thirteen and this sounds GREAT! I'd loove to hang with my mum more. you must have a very open relationship with your daughter. I think that all you girls out there should shut up about this being 'Gay' or 'sucky' or 'dumb'. I think it's very stimulating. thanks, Lori.

SMileyFace! 6 years ago

I'm Thirteen and this sounds GREAT! I'd loove to hang with my mum more. you must have a very open relationship with your daughter. I think that all you girls out there should shut up about this being 'Gay' or 'sucky' or 'dumb'. I think it's very stimulating. thanks, Lori.

Opinion(isnotmyrealname) 6 years ago

I think that some of the comments are unfair, but I am also 13 and probably wouldn't do these things. However, we're all different and it's harsh to critisize what Lori has put because sometimes I like reading or playing sport etc. I like the ideas on this list and think that saying this is a bad list is unfair.

Just to get my thoughts and opinion across. ;)

P.S GoGranny, you're being a bit harsh to the oither people. I've never met them so I can't be sure, but they are probably very well mannered and are, like me, just trying to get their opionions across. They're only giving advice on how to improve Lori's post.


Opinion(isnotmyrealname) 6 years ago

Okay, I am back. I have just read the other comments and completely take back what I said about GoGranny. What some people are putting is so pathetic! Somebody put "only nerds would do these things" and "I would hate to be your daughter". Have you people thought about anyone else but yourselves? Get yourselves a life, because you are just being selfish idiots! I would do somethings on here and I find it offensive that you but these things about people who would do them! Think before you type! :@ It's soooo pathetic!

Rose 6 years ago

Dude no affence but this list stinks!!! Let the girl go hang with her frineds or something!

Tanya 6 years ago

Um, I'm 13 years old, and me and my mom would never do that! Instead we usually go to the beach to check out guys, go to the movies and goof around, or go downtown to shop. But, then again, my mom is 28 years old, so she can still do that kind of stuff. Haha, we're more like sisters than mother-daughter! :)

Dtr 6 years ago sure sparked a great debate and left a legacy!!

Well done for that

However...naff about the cheesy guys just trying check you out at the beginning!!

Well done for all the teens and tweens comments, rude or otherwise for at least learning enough to be literate and then confident enough to comment.


franstormers 6 years ago

I'm a thirteen year old girl and live in scotland and there isn't much to do in the summer holidays. We mostly get rain but i still wouldn't do this. Obviously your daughter likes this kind of stuff which is great but to be honest I don't think you should be planning out your summer holidays. The holidays is when you don't need to be in that routine the whole time and things come and go. Things like reading and writing might be ok for her but the majority of 13 year old wouldn't like to do it. but i have to say the one about volunteering at a library was hilarious. not being rude but any thirteen year old who would want to do that would be ripped for it. It is good that you want to do this with ur kid but you neeed to give her space to go out with her pals and have fun. Your heart is in the right place but kids do not want to do this.Although all these adults are saying people who go to partys are sad, these people are just as intelegtual as all the wee swots who sit cooped up inside all say reading are. Better social skills and that. It was too funny when that wee sadsack said their partying was 'hardcore' though wasn't it. The most hardcore they would get was a bottle of blue wkd between ten of them and a draw of one fag each. now they are the creeps.

Hillary 6 years ago

Hi! I'm 13 and I would love this stuff! I don't think a lot of people understand that these are suggestions and not a schedule to follow. Also, some people enjoy these things, everyone's different. Personally, I love it when my mom stays home for a day during the summer when she has to work. You sound like a very caring mother, Lori and I'm sure your daughter is really wonderful!

aj :) 6 years ago

I am 13 and i'm not going to be RUDE! i mean yes i wouldn't do most of these things and yes i like to hang out with my friends but no need to get really ANGRY with Lori just because she put this list up. I mean seriously some of these 13 year olds need to get a life. If you don't like it go to another website! But as for GoGranny i find it very harsh saying thirteen year olds can't spell. And as for Alisha, just because people party doesn't make them thick, i find this highly offensive as i love to party and hang out with friends but i still get straight A's

emilie 6 years ago

What's with all the comments about giving her time for her friends? READ NUMBER 6!! I had to laugh about decorating the room. Buy a couch? Even on Craigslist, we're talking money. So this list is for girls with money. Speaking of money, you wrote "Like every 13 year old, she's been asking for ways to earn extra money. So why not teach her how to blog? " How exactly does blogging earn money? My 13-year-old has been blogging for a few years and hasn't made a dime. Finally, to those commentators with shaky spelling skills, a tip: when you see a red line under words as you write, it means they're misspelled. USE A DICTIONARY.

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Thisisntverygood 6 years ago

I'm thirteen and I think this is rubbish i like to meet with my boyfriend and go out with him not read books I suggest having a group of friends round for a water fight or just messing around the house but helpIng at the library? That's stupid officially x sorry x

izzy13-2muro 6 years ago

can I just say reading and writing is not just for in school books are amazing like seriously they are you become friends with characters they take you to whole new worlds books make you laugh they make you cry they are immense and then writing well that's exactly the same apart from your the one creating the laughter the tears the new worlds i have to admit i wouldn't do some of those things but actually that's just coz im not into sport my list of 10 things would be

1. Paint

2. Draw

3. Go somewhere beautiful and take amazing pictures because i love photography.

4. Catch up with those friends from primary school I haven't spoken to for like two years.

5. Listen to music.

6. Write a song and write in my diary thing.

7. Read 10 books.

8. Go on loads of family outings to castles and museums or on walks i love doing this

9. Hang out with friends

10. Just chill for the day

So as you can see my list is a lot to do with art music friends and family because that is what I love your list is fab to because obviously that is what your daughter loves to do

harmony 6 years ago

sum of theese things r cool but not evr1 has a playroom to convert in 2 a library/study room p.s i am 13

cookiee 6 years ago

im thirteen i think some things on the list look really fun if people don't like it then just keep out of if you like creative stuff get off the computer go for a walk and take photos i like reading and parties but if you like reading go to the library either way if you complain about whatever you don't like on the list go do what you like.

Karly loves you! 6 years ago

um im 13 myself and this is soo not what i'd be doing. I mean give the poor kid some space no girl wants there mommy to be there 24/ u want her to grow up or not! don't mean to be rude. Let her go to the mall with her girls or go to the beach. Give her a couple 100 and let her go shopping. My mom does all of tht and I am like awesomely popular and have the best life eva!

nice to meet you 6 years ago

omg wat r u thinking srsly if that's ancient thinking u got there well were not learning history okay so plus if those things are being seen by boys they're gunna tell u ur pretty old. Normally i see new gens go shoppin and being popular amongst others so hi all girls out there

Carrie 6 years ago

go swimming

Rachel 6 years ago

I am certainly surprised at the amount of offensive comments and reactions to this article. I also am quite surprised at the amount of 13 year olds saying that they wish to spend their summer partying. I am 14 and while I have been to a number of parties, most of them are overrated. At least for 13 year olds they are. Another question burning on my lips is; how many teen clubs are there in your community? How many legitimate parties does a 13 year old get invited to? Seriously, either some serious irresponsibility has taken place or someone is exaggerating the term 'party'. As for the list, it is mostly filled with interesting things to do. That is except for preparing for school. Take it from me, the last thing a kid wants to think about during the summer is school. I hope this list worked out for you!

summerissupposedtobefun! 5 years ago

ahahahahah this is a joke . I doubt any normal 13year old , like myself, would ever do any of this on their summer vaca . like out at a library ? I suggest you take the advice of the other 13 year olds and actually do something FUN ! like go swimming . have parties . let er hang out with friends and don't follow her around the whole summer . I ain't tryna be rude I'm just tryna help yu out .

Tegaan  5 years ago

im 14; and those ideas are actually pretty cool im over the usual shopping; partys; digi; parks. and i barely spend time to my mum. and to those 13 year old girls that don't like this page; that's fine; but why comment, its just plain rude. thankyou for some great ideas; maybe while mum is working i can do some of this with my younger sister :)

momto13yearold 5 years ago

I am reading this blog today, as I thought I might find something else to do with my son this weekend. I cannot believe how rude some people are. This is one mom's ideas of what she believes her daughter would enjoy. Being her mother, don't you all think that the mother knows her a bit better than the rest of you? Honestly people, when I was 13, I would have enjoyed having my parents spend more time with the way, I'm 44 now. No, that is not close to death.

ash 5 years ago

Not trying to be mean or rude but really what teenager is going to want to paint a play room(if they still have one) read or write? The only thing on your list i would do is sleep in but not till ten. i sleep in till noon and don't think many of your things on here are fun.

lacysk8r865 5 years ago

im 13 and some of the comments on here are rather rude! im sorry lori i must say some of your ideas are kinda boring but gosh those other kids don't have to be mean!!! try to do more creative stuff like the sport one is good sleep is good re do her room is good but prolly (sorry i know..i don't know how to spell.)not a play room..unless you still have one..maybe even study spelling words! im 13 and don't know how to spell half of the words i need to know!

Amazed 5 years ago

Wow! So many teenagers think this list is boring when all they can come up with is partying, watching TV and painting nails. Talk about boring....I didn't see a creative idea from any of them. I know a lot of creative teens that paint (rooms or canvas), play instruments, write (for fun), read (for fun), garden, make cool things out of recycled stuff, create music, design computer programs (with free programs, assuming you have a computer available), create art and scrapbooks out of digital pictures (also free programs available), knit, crochet, draw, and a host of other things. My 14 year old and her friend created a confetti cannon with a large spring, a cardboard tube, duct tape, paper, some wire and straws. Then set it up so that when I opened the door, I was sprayed with confetti. I didn't even mind helping clean the mess up. Now that's entertainment.

Jess 5 years ago

Why are people being so rude. I'm 11 and I love reading. I actually have an ereader which allows you to download hundreds of books onto one device. To the people that are saying " NO OFFENSE" and " lame" and all that everyones different. Accept that into your lives and stop criticizing people ok? Like you haven't found at least one book in your life that you like to read. I've found many. Good luck with everything Lori and I hope those other peoples comments come around and bite them back.

BLAH BLAH BLAH 5 years ago

What is wrong with all yous weirdos?!?!

rowena 5 years ago

aha this is shit! im 13 and my list would be party,party,party. L O L "and we might even compare our own blogs" the crazy things you do when our young , god let her go. S E L F I S H.

mike 5 years ago

This is bull shit! Im 13 and if my mom made me do this stuff I would have the worst summer ever.I mean piano and reading? Aww come on!

Maddie  5 years ago

I love this list and im 13. Every person being offensive should realise that one day, and you never know when its going to happen, you wont have your mum to do these things with, and that theres people out there who would kill just to have a mum. You just take your mum for granted!!!

And Thanks Lori, its a GREAT list :)

Abbi 5 years ago


I am thirteen and honestly, I like your list. It has many fun things on it that I would like to do. All of the negative comments by thirteen year olds are mostly childish and rude. You should just ignore them. Your daughter is obviously very lucky to have a wonderful mother like you. Thank you for the suggestions and continue writing helpful articles! -Abbi

Karissa 5 years ago

Im almost 13 and to be honest ive already thought of hanging and i don't like your other suggestions cause i cant go anywhere stuck at home with no parents and nothing to do...

iyanna 5 years ago

im 13 and this list is bad im sorry but its summer i wanna be wit my friends and boyfriend and go to the movies and parties and water parks and beaches and chyllin at my friends house goin to the park that's wat summers all about and then make timme for my family at times

erin 5 years ago

im 13. i don't want to make a room into a library or read or post a blog or any of that!!! its dumb! Your 13 year old must be really bored! this summer i will hang with friends work out play sports and sleep not read a book and blog! The only thing i agree with is volunteering. But not at the library! At a nursing home! it way more fun!

MatthiasdKing 5 years ago

Yo,I am a 13 year old guy,if you don't mind.I would like to say 1 thing:It is a good list but all this stuff sounds like homeschool during summer.Please do not take it as an offense but it is boring.I agree with hanging,chilling,staying up late etc. but all this stuff about volounteer work sucks.I would only go work outside of home if I get paid for it.Please see that I am not trying to be rude but please at least read this and see.

13yrold 5 years ago

ok honestly im 13 years old and me and my friends are sitting laughing at the stupid things ur suggesting young 13 yrs to do like no 13 yr old likes to read and write over summer vacation like seriously !

Kat 5 years ago

Huh, well howdy there! I'm also 13 (like nearly everyone else who commented!) and I just wanted to say that to me it sounded like an coolio list! I don't get why so many people are being rude! Sure, reading and writing today aren't seen as 'cool' but there still fun and awesome past times! Also, I'd love to spend more time with my ma doing things like these!

Chilling out, going to partys, theme parks and all those things are great to do with friends!

I mean, everyone has a their own opinion, and everyone has a right to say it, but manners? Please?

I think its a rocking list dude!

Teehee, drawing, making a band, paintballing and rock climbing would also be cool to do!

:D just looked at the dates- this debate/ argument has been going on for three years! xD

allielvr 5 years ago

Im 10 and this is babyish to me! YOU SUX!!!

allielvr 5 years ago

ur right about the dates though!!! 3 years!!!

Phoebe 5 years ago

I Love to do all of these things!!!! I do this stuff and I think it benefits me in a long run. I'm very similar to your daughter. I read over a book a day, I have written two novels (unpublished, still being edited) have had my work published in a poetry book . . . and I'm 11. I WOULD LOVE A READING ROOM!!!! MY PARENTS WON'T BUY ME ANY MORE BOOK SHELVES BECAUSE I HAVE TOO MANY!!!! But great article. Keep on!! :)

Emosewa 5 years ago

This list is Amazing! I am 13 and a lot of this was already on my summer to-do list. I love reading and writing and at the moment I am working on a novel. Don't listen to what many other preteens/teens are saying, they are just being rude and are trying to grow up to fast. This list sounds like a perfect summer for me and I plan on doing many of these. Thank you for making this list to share what you are doing with your daughter, I loved reading it.

shell bell 5 years ago

who cares bout reading im 13 and only like barely 25% of kids actualy care about reading the summer iz for getting away nd as for the school year we read plenty at school unless ur addicted to reading or something so if ur on a low buget go window shipping go have fun during summer go to the loacal pool enjoy life don't read thro it there 13 go to te movies have fun nd for all those freaked out mothers tinking "omg im stuck at home with my crazy hormonal dauter" talk to them ask them what thay wanna do nd agree on something theres gotta be some thing u can agree on sereously nd when all else fails find a frend u can give her to for a while let them hang out so ur dauter is occupied nd not hanging over ur sholder

shell bell 5 years ago

ok well about my erlyer post its fine if the kid wants to to rread but plz parents don't force them to if thay don't wanna over the summer or school year thay shouldn't half to

Ainslee 5 years ago

Right, stop being horrible. She put this post up to suggest stuff. So get a grip and stop pretending you have anything better to do in your summer. Okay maybe it isn't a very good list. But you don't need to get on at her and be a total keyboard gangster. Because we all know you aren't hard. So stfu.

Rylee 5 years ago

i am a 13 year old girl and i am replying to that alisha girl! i party a lot in summer and on weekends and no im not out drinking or doing drugs or anything like that but i do fine in school in fact im a straight A student and have been for 4 years straight! this list is something i wouldn't like to do but it was nice of lori to put up suggestions for kids who like to read and write!

jaz 5 years ago

I let my 13 year old enjoy the summer and let him pretty well do what he wants which is not in excess. I find some parents are too structured and summer is time for kids to relax,hang with friends, and enjoy the weather.

tia and paige 5 years ago

this information is rubbish it don't help with nothing

NK 5 years ago

Hi, I'm 13 and I sort of agree. During the summer I did a summer course, like a preview for the next grade. So you could do writing, math, science, environmental stuff ect. So this course was from 8:30-12:00, and it was only during the month of July. I really liked this because I got a balance, of hanging out with friends, movies, sports, video games, and also learning and reading.

anonymous 5 years ago

Hi, Im 13 too and i think its really rude and mean what some other kids my age have said because its giving us a bad reputation. Anyway she didn't say this was going to be all day everyday just some fun ideas that kids COULD do if they wanted i mean really these ideas are actually pretty fun. To the people who wrote mean things you obviously arent going to have a very good future if your partying all the time.

willy 5 years ago

I'm sorry. I'm a 13 year old and would never do any of this. This list is terrible. It's exactly what my mom would tell me to do. I would much rather sit around the house and mix music or just go anywhere where my parents are not.

trololololololol 5 years ago

no 13 year old would want to do most of these, no offence

Anna Smith 5 years ago

She actually states that what more could a girl want other than to hang out with friends.....Everyone who wrote bad things need to chill out. Everyone's different, and t his is just a list of ideas. No-one is telling you how to live your life......So go & write negative stuff on some-one elses page wi=ho even gives a hoot!!!!

Addy 5 years ago

Ummmmmm?! Library?! Writing?! You need to trust your daughter with many more things other than volunteering at a LIBRARY?! I'm 13. Yeah-- I did volunteer somewhere last summer...BUT IT WAS FUN! I was a counselor atta camp,(no pay), but my friends were counselors, too, and there were high schoolers there working as well. We ate out EVERYDAY. We went on 3 field trips EVERY WEEK. Plus, there's always a fair in town, and fairs are a BUULLLASSSSTTTT. Friends. Friends. Friends. Less adults, the better. That's why I invite my girls over EVERY WEEKEND during the summer! No offenSe, buttttttt your daughter probably doesn't even WANT to do that stuff. Just sayin. I might be wrong, but then again--I'm probably rightttt. Parents who think confront their chilren about doing this kinda stuff get a reputation-- STRICT. Tuurrruuusssttt me!

Noah 5 years ago

i'm 13 and half that stuff is school stuff don't get me wrong i love reading but writing, volunteering at the library, (ok so that's not something u would do at school but that is still BORING!!!) getting ready for school??!! with summer 1/4 of the way over the word "school" should be outlawed.

Teena 5 years ago

I would just like to have 1 on 1 time with my 13 year old daughter so which is the best thing spa,hair,nails, cinemas or shopping?

dew 4 years ago

im 13 and all this is rubbish all i want to do is have fun with my friends and play xbox

Seri 4 years ago

Most of these comments are very rude and unfair.

I am 13 and I would love doing these things. (Some of them or most!)

I'm a creative girl and I would love to be painting a room with my mum.

I love my mum with my heart and I'm almost never embarrased by being with her. I love her! And I don't care if people know!

I'm currently writing a book, because writing is my passion. I would write all summer!

As for the whole "hanging out with friends," thing is bugging me. I personally have about three friends. And they never hang out with me o-o

I'm adventrous and different, so I don't know about all of these "popular" thirteen year olds or whatever they do.

I love being with my mom.

It gives me thhe sense that she actually loves me.

Holly 4 years ago

Aw, look at these thirteen year olds... I'm 13, though.

These comments, "I hate this list," "This list SUCKS."

Can you get ANY more mature?

Maybe we don't all like the same things as you, maybe we don't alll typee likee thissss.

Stuff like that doesn't make people like you.


Listen to your rap music. They always talk about haters, and y'all agree with it... so why are you all haters yourselves?

xxxhannahxxx 4 years ago

Hi I'm 13 love to read!!! Remember to have fun though.... maybe that's what she's interested in some of the 13 year olds are terribly rude their parents obviously do not care what they're doing because we find him cussing on bullying online I'm 13 and I love to read do all those things but she also needs friends not that he doesn't have any he needs to spend time with them I really do hope it helped

Amanda 4 years ago

I am also 13,But i see nothing wrong with this list!

I also love to read and write and so on,To all the 13 year olds saying that this list stinks-

Well it may to you!But that's just your opinion :) It's perfectly fine and sounds like a great way to spend the holidays,Personally i'd love to volunteer at the library,But unfourtunatly my reigonal library doesn't give that oppurtunity :)

Alissa 4 years ago

Dear Lori,

I'm sorry for these rude gals & guys. I am almost 13 & I don't find anything boring. I agree some things are not real fun, but your list is really......... good. I love reading books. I don't want to be a writer but write very well. Maybe you hubbed this with your daughters help & trust me, I love it. Only the others are those spoilt brats.

Ana 4 years ago

This is a message to all the really rude 13 year old's. I'm 13 too, and I enjoy hanging with friends and computers and parties just as much as you do, but these are really good ideas Lori put up!!! If you don't like them, then tell that to us again when you're 30 and still living with your parents.

Yes, I'm being sort of harsh, but I'm really sick of all the kids that make 13 year old's look like dumb kids who only want to do their nails and shop at the mall. News flash: although shopping, video games, and friends are totally AWESOME, we shouldn't be doing that ALL the time, or else we're gonna end up skipping college and jobless. We need to have a good balance between the smart and fun stuff, like reading and writing, and the dumb but REALLY fun stuff, like the mall and computers. That part was for you, too, Lori! Make sure your daughter does both the smart AND dumb stuff this summer!(Although I now realize that your daughter is around 16 now...look like I posted WAY too late : ))

And just as a last note, I feel really, really bad for you other 13 year old's who are saying 'this list sucks' and other bad things. You're obviously going nowhere.

Oh, and by the way, learn to spell.

Ana 4 years ago

I just realized I have more to say, so I'm back!

This comment is for you, now, Lori. Your ideas are great; looks like your daughter's going to go somewhere in life (like me- I hope!!!). Now for my constructive criticism:

Although I'm sad to admit it, the really mean kids did have a point, although they could have said it a lot nicer:

This is summer. Make sure your daughter does all the stuff on your list with you, but also things like parties and friends, because no matter how un-educational it is, we still need our space. She'll make up for it in the end by loving you even more than she already does! I should know, I'm 13 too, and yes, we should enjoy reading and writing and spending time with our family during the summer, but we also need friend time.

Overall, this is a great list, and your daughter will be successful, happy and rich when she's older, while all the mean kids who commented won't have a job and will be living with their parents.

Hopefully I'll be like your daughter!!! : p

Ana 4 years ago

Okay, I'm gonna say this one more time because i simply cannot stop talking, even online:

to all those 13 year old's who are hating on this article: STOP!!!! These are just SUGGESTIONS!!! If you want to help Lori, criticize CONSTRUCTIVELY!!! She's not going to listen to the haters!!! Who would? I wouldn't, and I'm your age!!!

aswin 4 years ago

this is totally useless i hate activities and i don t have time for this kind of stupid things

Livie 4 years ago

Honestly People, how rude can you get?

I love to read and write, I visit the library probably once a day? I like to help out anywhere, and I'd love to decorate a room!

I slightly agree with some of the haters, you do need to hang out with some of your friends, but not all the time 24/7!! I only hung out with my besties over the summer, and even then I only saw them five times!

I really love my mum, but she is always to busy. I'd love to spend more time with her!

I really think the haters are just being idiots. This is an interesting list!



4 years ago

Let me start by saying I am 13 also. I realize that this was 4 years ago, but some of the comments are so rude!! If you don't like her ideas, keep it to yourself. I'm glad she spent time with her daughter, and I'd love it if my mom spent that kind of time with me. Believe it or not, some 13 year olds don't see their friends every single day of the summer, and some 13 year olds enjoy reading and writing!

Sheesh, did no one ever teach you the saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it"?


frederick wanker 4 years ago

dudes grow up and i don't know if offence is spelt different in america or something but i live in london and i am 5 and even i know how to spell offence!!!

marlypop01 4 years ago

I think that the sleeping in part, decorating room part, the hanging out wid friends part and the startin a blog part r good ideas. I mean most of the people who r commenting r 13 like me already do dat stuff so its alrite. But y not add havin a BBQ wid ur friends on ur list?! Most teens LUV parties and/or BBQs! I no dat i do! This summer Im havin a party for goin in2 highskol den im goin 2 my friends random parties! Also no offence but most parents wont cut the leash between demselves and der kids and dats not a good ding! We need our freedom!! That is my opinion but im srry if i hurt ur feelins!

death master 4 years ago

Seriously why would you go ahead and do these things. I mean your daugther is thirteen, not a girl which has just turned 8 and has nothing to do. Think of things they can do so they enjoy themselves. Not stuff where they do it for your so called satisfaction. I am personaly a thiteen old girl myself and i think that you have not realized your sisters age. If i was your daughter i would suicide the second i heard the list.

Lateeda 3 years ago

Cool list dude

Mandy 2 years ago

To all of the 13 year olds that do not like this list, instead of simply putting it down, add realistic things that parents can do with their kids in the comments. That would be way more helpful then simply saying, this sucks. Please keep in mind, most parents can not just take their kids to the mall everyday. Were looking for ideas that can be done on a whim and relatively inexpensively.

I thought the list was pretty good though and stole a few ideas. I'm creating a "chore" list on but including some extra curricular activities for her to add coins as well :D I'm a work at home Mom and she's clueless what to do with herself... unfortunately, I can't stop working and tell her what to do like my Mom did when i was a kid :p

anon 2 years ago

"P.P.S. teens r naturally rude so, DEAL WITH IT AND DON'T TELL US WE R RUDE, WE KNOW."

~Your parents should have whooped your ass more.

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