10 Quotes to Inspire You During National Random Acts of Kindness Week

The definition of kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Being a truly kind person is an important quality to have. As a parent, you should help instill this quality in your teen. This week has been dedicated as National Random Acts of Kindness Week. Celebrating is a great way to combat all the negativity, bullying, and provide inclusion. Take a look at our previous post, 10 Ways to Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Week With Your Teen to find ways to encourage your teen to practice random acts of kindness this week and always.

For this year’s celebration, we want to provide you with 10 quotes to inspire you during National Random Acts of Kindness Week.

  1. “Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting … Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.” – Mother Teresa

 

  1. “Praise be to the LORD, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege.” Psalm 31:21

 

  1. “When you go into your day planning to do an intentional act of kindness, you begin focusing on others, which is a key to significance.”-John C. Maxwell

 

  1. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”-Aesop

 

  1. “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart”-Proverbs 3:3

 

  1. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”-Galatians 5:22

 

  1. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”-Mother Teresa

 

  1. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving on another, as God in Christ forgave you.”-Ephesians 4:32

 

  1. “May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.”-Samuel 2:6

 

  1. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”-Colossians 3:12

We hope that you and your teen are inspired to practice your own random acts of kindness this week and make someone feel included and special.

 

10 Valentine Gift and Project Ideas

It doesn’t matter if you have a date for Valentine’s this year or not. If you are looking for something fun to do for that special someone or your bestie, we have you covered this Valentine’s Day with these 10 fun gift and project ideas from around the web.

  1. We can’t have enough sunglasses here in Arizona, so why not gift all your besties with a pair of sunglasses and these creative gift tags from diy network.
  2. Here’s another great idea from diy network for your best friend or boyfriend or girlfriend. Don’t forget to download your free gift tag!
  3. Go to your local party supply store and purchase a giant heart balloon add a special note to the strings.
  4. Get together with some friends and set up a Valentine themed photo booth with Valentine themed accessories and décor. Turn your photos into Valentines for that special someone or each other.
  5. Make this fun Valentine inspired treat from the blog, My Crazy Good Life.
  6. Why not make sure everyone you know has kissable lips with this fun Valentine from the blog Mom Dot.
  7. Make some wall art like this. You could either use different lip sticks and kiss the paper yourself or find lip shaped stamp at your local craft store.
  8. Here’s a great project from DIY Joy . This would make a great gift and gather a group of friends and all work on together.
  9. Emoji’s are all the rage. Try your hand at making these fun pillows from DIY Craft Ideas and Gardening.
  10. We love these DIY conversation heart rings from Studio DIY. Make them for all your besties!

These are just a few of the many ideas around the web. We hope you feel inspired to go out and find or make awesome Valentine’s for your boyfriend, girlfriend, or besties! Happy Valentine’s Day from the team at Doorways!

New Year’s Eve Ideas for Teens

When we think about New Year’s Eve festivities, we think about drinking glasses of champagne and dancing on tables. As a parent, we know that is not what you have in mind for your teen. We have some suggestions for teens to ring in the new year that are safe and responsible.

Sleepover at the AZ Air Time:

This event is for ages 7-17. Kids will have dinner, light snack. Dodgeball, trampoline races, movies, and slam dunk contest are all part of the festivities.

Details: Drop off will be between 7 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 with pickup between 7 and 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 1. AZ Airtime is located at 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 145 in Scottsdale. Cost is $89 per child. www.azazairtime/az-air-time-scottsdale

Skate Party:

Skateland is offering a New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Pre-admission is $8 while admission at the door is $10. This includes skate rental, pizza, a drink, a ball drop, and prizes.

Details: Chandler Skateland, 1101 W Ray Road, Chandler. www.unitedskates.com/public/chandler/

Host a New Year’s Eve Party:

You and your teen can organize a New Year’s Eve party for them and their friends. This is such a fun idea because it gives you plenty of flexibility to make it fun for everyone. Here’s what you need to create a great bash for your teen and their friends.

  • Food- Make is easy. Have plenty of pizza, soda, and water on hand. Don’t forget a dessert Cupcakes and cookies are a great option. It’s also a good idea to have bowls of snacks like snack mix, mixed nuts, or popcorn
  • Entertainment– Maybe you want to go with a theme. Consider a movie marathon, game night, karaoke, or a dance party. Mix it up and do them all. Be flexible and see what’s working and what’s not and adjust accordingly.
  • Party Goodies– What teen doesn’t like to take selfies? Make a fun photos booth and have plenty of props on hand. Don’t forget poppers, noisemakers, party hats, and some fun decorations to make the countdown to midnight even more memorable.

Most importantly find something fun for your teen to do that is not only safe and responsible but ensures that they have a fun and memorable night. Happy New Year from the team at Doorways!

 

Fun Teen Date Night Ideas for the Winter Months

So how many times have you been out on a date for pizza and a movie? Maybe now is the time to change it up.

Check out these fresh ideas and go on new adventure your next date night!

  1. Go Indoor Rock Climbing– check out AZ on the Rocks and not only have fun but get in some exercise. This can be good for a first date since you will be quite active, avoiding any awkward silence.
  2. Go to an Amusement ParkCastles-n-Coasters has a variety of activities from bumper cars to miniature golf to a roller coaster offering plenty of time for talking and hand holding. Be sure to check out their web page for various specials.
  3. Go to a Coffee Shop/Book Store– grabbing a cup of coffee gives you a chance to chat and perusing the bookstore gives you an opportunity to learn more about each other and find common interests.
  4. Go Ice SkatingAZ Ice Arcadia offers indoor skating and a great opportunity to hold hands!
  5. Go Check Out Holiday Lights– turn on some Christmas music and check out light’s on family or friend’s homes or here’s a great map from AZ Central.
  6. Go Holiday Shopping– wrap up your holiday shopping for each other or other friends or family.
  7. Go PaintballingWestworld Paintball Adventures offers a chance to compete together and really get the heart racing.
  8. Do Some Holiday Baking– maybe one of you knows how to bake and the other doesn’t. Put on some music and create some of your favorite sweets.
  9. Take a Stroll– the Desert Botanical Garden offers beautiful scenery for a nice stroll and time to talk.
  10. Get Creative– try your hand at pottery painting. As You Wish Pottery has a variety of things that you paint while expressing your creative or maybe not so creative side.
  11. Attend a Local Sporting Event– Phoenix has a variety of sports teams to check out or maybe take in your own schools sporting event.
  12. Go for a Picnic- we are so lucky in Phoenix to have such great weather. Why not pack up a picnic lunch and head to your local park.
  13. Go to the Musical Instrument Museumthis is a great place for music lovers to check out a variety of instruments and music memorabilia.
  14. Go for a Hike- check out the great views from South Mountain.
  15. Go to an Art Museum- if you are interested in art, the Phoenix Art Museum is a great place to share your love of art.

We hope that we have given you plenty of ideas to change up your date night. Go out there and try something different and most importantly, have FUN!!!

 

20 Fun Fall Activities for Teens

Fall is in full swing and the warm days are turning to cool nights. With that comes festive fall activities.

Doorways Arizona Blog: 20 Fun Fall Activities for Teens

Get a group of friends together to go out, or stay in and enjoy what the fall has to offer.
  1. Plan a harvest or Halloween party.
  2. Go to a school football game.
  3. Make apple cider.
  4. Visit a corn maze.
  5. Take a hike.
  6. Go on a hayride.
  7. Go pumpkin picking.
  8. Carve a pumpkin.
  9. Roast pumpkin seeds.
  10. Attend a fall festival.
  11. Visit a haunted house.
  12. Go for a walk in a park.
  13. Host a scary movie marathon or funny Halloween movie marathon.
  14. Make a bonfire, eat s’mores and tell scary stories.
  15. Play a board game like Apples to Apples.
  16. Create fall inspired arts and crafts.
  17. Make a pumpkin pie.
  18. Write a fall themed motivational quote on a friend’s social media page.
  19. Go on a picnic.
  20. Make a scarecrow.

Now that you have some ideas, go have some fall FUN!

 

15 Safe and Fun Friday Night Plans for Teens

As children grow into teenagers, Friday nights at home as a family become less frequent. Teens would like to be out exploring the world and discovering themselves with their friends, rather than spending the evening in with their parents and siblings. As a parent, you don’t want to stifle your teen’s growth and independence, but you also worry about them encountering peer pressures that can lead towards reckless and potentially dangerous behavior. Like all parents, you want to make sure they are partaking in safe, yet enjoyable, activities.

Doorways Arizona Blog: 15 Safe and Fun Friday Night Plans for Teens

So you can be a little more comfortable with your teen putting more space between you and them, here is a list of 15 fun, yet safe, Friday night plans for teens:

  1. Have your teen invite some friends over for a make-your-own pizza party. Who doesn’t love pizza? Sit with your teen and have them help you make a list of the ingredients they think you should purchase beforehand.
  2. Teens, especially teen girls, love the mall. However, frequent mall trips can put quite a dent in your wallet. As an alternative, have your teen go through their closet and take out clothes that they no longer wear. Have them invite their friends to do the same, then host a clothes swapping party. They can trade clothes and put on a fashion show to model their new outfits when they are finished.
  3. Show some school spirit by attending a football game. Allow your teen to invite some friends over to have a quasi-tailgate at your house before the game. Have them help you prep the appetizers before they arrive so you get some time with them as well.
  4. Take your teen and friends to a trampoline park like Krazy Air in Mesa, or Jump City in Phoenix. Not only will they have fun, but they will get in some much needed exercise as well!
  5. Have them invite friends over for a mini movie marathon. Don’t forget the popcorn.
  6. If you have the space, send your teen and some friends out back for an urban camp out. Let them set up a tent, and hang out around a fire pit roasting marshmallows and telling stories.
  7. Host a karaoke night. Set out finger foods and soft drinks and let your teen and their friends sing the night away.
  8. Check with your local multi-gen center or parks and recreation office for teen nights and activities.
  9. Go miniature golfing! There are several indoor and outdoor miniature golf courses around so weather won’t have to be an issue.
  10. Instead of family game night, allow your teen to invite friends over to play games like Apples to Apples, Quelf, and Things.
  11. Send them off to bowl a frame or two. The bowling alley is a great space for your teen to be as loud as they wish and have some fun, without disturbing the whole house.
  12. Throw a fiesta! They are too young to spring break in Cancun, but who’s to say they can’t enjoy a delicious Mexican spread.
  13. Host a monthly book club for your teen and their friends.
  14. You’ve probably heard of the wine and design parties that adults are having, why not have a non-alcoholic art party for your teen?
  15. Life is stressful. Offer your teen and some of their friends a little R&R with an at home spa day. They can give each other facials, paint each other’s nails, etc. while enjoying fresh fruits and sipping on sparkling cider.

These are only a small number of ways your teen can enjoy some time with friends, while still staying safe and keeping your mind at ease. What are some fun activities you can think of for your teen to enjoy on a Friday night?

 

11 Ideas to Make Back-to-School Fun for You and Your Teenager

The freedom, fun, and relaxation of summer vacation is over for most teens in Phoenix and a busy school year has just begun. While many teens are excited to see their friends, learn new things in their classes, and participate in extracurricular activities, your teenager might also be feeling anxious or even resistant about returning to school.

Doorways Arizona Blog: 11 Ideas to Make Back-to-School Fun for You and Your Teenager

Here is a list of things you can do with your teen to make the back-to-school season fun and exciting, while easing any tensions they might have about starting school again as Fall approaches:
  1. Treat your teen to a Back-to-School makeover complete with a haircut, a new outfit, and lunch out at a restaurant of their choice.
  2. Make school supply shopping fun by dividing your teen’s supply list in half, and have a race to see who can find all their items and come up to the checkout first.
  3. Make a breakfast menu and take turns making a quick, healthy breakfast in the morning.
  4. Talk with your teen about the classes they are taking and see which ones they are most looking forward to, and which they might be nervous about.
  5. Create a reward-based grading system you can use to celebrate good grades on each report card, such as treating your teen to dinner out or paying for them to go see a movie with a friend.
  6. Ask your teen to create a list of their goals for the school year, and have them hang it on their wall to keep track of how they are doing. Celebrate when any new goal is achieved.
  7. Have your teen write down the extracurricular activities or electives they want to take during the school year. Encourage them to try one new thing this year.
  8. Challenge your teen to practice kindness by doing or saying something nice at school. Talk about it over dinner each evening.
  9. If your teen is expressing interest in dating, have them make a list of the qualities they think make a good boyfriend/girlfriend, and use it to guide conversations about dating.
  10. Help your teen make a collage of their favorite pics of family, friends, and pets to hang up in their locker or in their room.
  11. Host a Back-to-School party and let your teen invite over a few friends for dinner and games to celebrate.

Back-to-School can be a very busy time adjusting to new schedules, classes, and activities each year. However, by using ideas like these, you can spend some time doing special things to prepare and help your teen feel confident, excited, and ready to successfully tackle the school year ahead.

20 Fun Summer Activities to Cure Midsummer Boredom and Encourage Bonding with Your Teenager

Between birth and adulthood, there are only around 17 to 18 summers that you have to experience exclusively with your children. Of those, there is only a mere handful of warm, memory-soaked, fun, summer days that you get to share with your teenager before they spread their wings and venture out into the world as an independent adult. While you will be beaming, proud, and undoubtedly a tinge sad when that day arrives, you should strive to make the most of each summer you have with your teen.

Likewise, while you are robed in nostalgia and savoring each moment, your teen may get very bored and restless midway through the summer. At this point, they will start to rely on you for some entertainment and ideas of things to do when boredom strikes. The great news is that you can meet both your teen’s needs and yours at once by planning fun, interactive activities that will alleviate boredom and provide you opportunities to connect with your teen and enjoy their company before school starts up once again.

20 Fun Summer Activities to Cure Midsummer Boredom and Encourage Bonding with Your Teenager

Here is a list of 20 ideas you can use to cure midsummer boredom, and also experience fun, bonding moments with your teen that will turn into fond, loved memories for you both:

  1. Institute a weekly pizza night, and have your teen help plan the ingredients for a new concoction each week that you prepare and cook together.
  2. Camp out in your backyard, and admire the stars and moon.
  3. Pack a picnic, and spend the afternoon at the park playing barefoot in the grass.
  4. Do a DIY craft project
  5. Ask your teen for input and help in planning your next family vacation.
  6. Have your teen help you give your Facebook page a summer makeover.
  7. Read the same book, and then discuss it over dinner once a week until you’ve both finished reading.
  8. Wake up early to watch the sunrise together.
  9. Volunteer together at your local library by reading to children.
  10. Grow some fresh herbs and use them in your favorite dishes or to make a body scrub.
  11. Embrace a bit of fun and whimsy and tie dye a pair of sheets for your teen’s bed.
  12. Make a music video together to your teen’s favorite song.
  13. Help your teen update or renovate something in their bedroom.
  14. Pick a fun summery activity your teen enjoys, and have them teach you how to do it.
  15. Have a sleepover movie night, and let your teen pick all their favorite movies to share with you from a cozy blanket fort filled with snacks and drinks.
  16. Hold a paper airplane flying competition with your teen.
  17. Decorate a journal together, and encourage your teen to write in it once a day, for a week.
  18. Start random dance parties at unexpected times.
  19. Pick a charity you both believe in, and come up with creative ways to raise money to donate.
  20. Hold an all-day scavenger hunt with post-it note clues that guide your teen to the next adventure of the day.

If you struggle to connect with your teen despite planning some of these fun, boredom-curing activities or notice that your teen is exhibiting a growing lack of interest in their family or friends, it is a good idea to consult a professional teen counseling service. A teen counselor can help you connect with your teen. and ensure they are mentally healthy and give you more ideas of how to enjoy time together as your teen grows.

10 Ways to Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Week with Your Teen

Genuine kindness and empathy for others are important virtues to instill within your teen as they navigate the world, and learn about who they want to be as they grow toward adulthood. However, the adolescent years can be tumultuous for many teenagers and their families due to all the negativity, unkindness, and emotional challenges teens face today. The great news is that, in an effort to combat bullying, and support inclusion and kindness, there is a week devoted solely to promoting random acts of kindness- National Random Acts of Kindness Week.

10 Ways to Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Week with Your Teen
National Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 14th-20th. Here are some ways that you can celebrate, and encourage your teen to practice kindness toward others this week, and all year round.

 

History of Random Acts of Kindness Week

National Random Acts of Kindness Day actually originated in New Zealand, where they celebrate this day of doing kind things for others on September 1st each year. This movement has been gaining popularity each year, and encouraged the formation of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. This foundation advocates for a world filled with kindness toward all, paying it forward, and using selfless acts as a measure of personal success. They endeavor to support kindness, inclusion, and happiness in a world that can be far too dark and negative for teens and adults alike.

 

10 Ideas for Encouraging Your Teen to Practice Random Acts of Kindness

1. Treat your teen to lunch from a drive-thru restaurant, and pay for the person behind you as well.
2. Spend some time with your teen, and help them make a list of 5 people they are thankful for, and then have your teen send them each a hand-written thank you card letting them know how much they care about them and treasure them. Make your own list, and do the same.
3. Clean out your closets, and donate unneeded clothes to charity.
4. Ask your teen to think about some people at school who seem lonely, and encourage them to show those teen kindness with a genuine compliment and a smile.
5. Put together a care package for someone on a mission or in the military. Have your teen help think of items, pack the box, and mail it with you.
6. Have your teen pick a day this week, where they commit to only speaking kindly to everyone they see throughout the day. Then have them explain how they felt after spending a single day being consciously kind.
7. Pick an evening, and take your teen to a popular playground with a jar of coins and some tape. Tape the coins in random places around the playground, so children can gleefully discover them.
8. Give your teen a pad of Post-It notes, and have them write down random compliments on at least ten notes. Then have them stick the Post-Its in random places throughout their day, such as the bathroom mirror, on a random desk at school, etc. so that people find them and smile.
9. Bake some goodies with your teen, and deliver them together to someone who you know is struggling in some aspect of their life.
10. Celebrate and compliment your teen whenever they are kind, giving, or compassionate.

 

Virtues last a lifetime, and just one act of kindness has the power to change someone’s life. Have some fun spreading kindness with your teen this week, and enjoy showing them the joy that comes with giving to others through kind acts.

23 Fun Group Dating Ideas That Will Make You Scream with Laughter!!

Looking for something fun to do the next time you go out as a group?

Group dating: Having Fun Together Outdoors

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It can be easy to fall into the same routine when you have a group of people together. Movies and the Mall always seem to be the way to go. Here is a list of 23 fun date ideas to help break you out of your group date rut:

  1. Play Laser Tag. Arizona is home to the “World’s Largest Technotainment Laser Tag Arena,” Stratum in Mesa.
  2. Go Miniature Golfing. This can be fun year round as there are both indoor and outdoor options!
  3. Go Bowling. There are a few companies to choose from and they each offer their own special deals and events. The AMF Christown Lanes offers Dollar Mania, $2 Tuesdays, and College night to name a few. Some alleys offer cosmic bowling as well.
  4. Go Rock Wall Climbing. The Phoenix Rock Gym is a place to have fun while increasing your strength and improving your climbing skills. The routes are changed frequently so you’ll always find something new to test your skills.
  5. Attend a sporting event. Arizona has a lot of sports to choose from. You can go to a Cardinals football game or see the Suns play basketball. As well as watch the Coyotes play hockey and the Diamondbacks play baseball. Don’t forget that thanks to Arizona’s beautiful weather, you can also attend the spring training games at a much cheaper rate than an in season game.
  6. Go to an improv or comedy show. Jesters Improv is good for many laughs, and they offer classes.
  7. Go tubing down the Salt River. Remember to wear your sunblock and drink lots of water.
  8. Go hiking. Arizona offers an array of hiking trails. Some easy and some strenuous. South Mountain and Camelback Mountain are popular in the West Valley, and The Usery Mountain and Superstition Mountain ranges are popular in the East Valley. To make things a little more interesting, you could write out a list of items to look for on your hike, like a scavenger hunt. Look for things like a saguaro with 4 arms, or a Gila monster, etc. Always use caution and stay on the trails for your safety, and bring plenty of water.
  9. Visit a local farm. Many local farms offer seasonal activities, such as hay rides and corn mazes. They also have milk tastings, fruit picking, petting zoos, and so much more. Different farms offer different activities year round, so there are many dates to be had.
  10. Go Ice Skating. AZ Ice in Peoria has a public skate that is affordable and fun. They also offer classes and have delicious food.
  11. Go Roller Skating. Skateland is an indoor rink that you can enjoy year round. They often have special skating events like “glow in the dark skate” and discount skate nights/days.
  12. See a Concert. Living in the Valley offers many opportunities to see a show regardless of your taste in music. Country Thunder is a huge concert held every year in Florence with tons of big country names in attendance.
  13. Game Night. Stay in and play your favorite card and board games. Games like “Apples to Apples” offer a lot of laughs.
  14. Visit one of our zoos. The Phoenix Zoo offers cafés, shops, lush gardens and exciting experiences like Stingray Bay (touch live stingrays), Giraffe Encounter (feed the giraffes), Monkey Village (a walk-in enclosure where you can literally be inches from live monkeys),the Safari Train and many more.
  15. Attend a seasonal festival or fair. The Renaissance Festival in the spring is a great experience, and don’t forget about the Arizona State Fair in the fall with it’s fun rides, concerts, food and carnival games you are bound to have a great time. Many cities also hold small carnivals throughout the year so keep your eyes open.
  16. Ride go-karts. Crackerjax in Scottsdale has an amazing go-kart track. They also have bumper boats, batting cages, volleyball courts, and much more.
  17. Play Arcade Games at your local arcade. (Gameworks, and Dave and Busters are common favorites)
  18. Attend your local “Movies in the Park.”
  19. Visit the Arizona Science Center. They have a lot of hands on activities to take part in and interactive exhibits. There is also an IMAX theater and Planetarium.
  20. Make your own YouTube mini-series. Write your own funny scripts and star in your own 10 minute videos. Just remember not to get too crazy, once something is out there, it stays out there. Also get your parents’ consent if you are under 18 years of age.
  21. Spend a day at an Amusement Park. Castles N’ Coasters offers entertainment from the thrilling sky high roller coasters, to the world class miniature golf courses and the excitement of ramming into your friends in their bumper boats.
  22. Go swimming. There is Sunsplash in Mesa, Big Surf in Tempe, and Wet’n’Wild in Phoenix that offer fun water slides and wave pools. Or you could go to a local public pool, many of which offer high dives and a slide of their own.
  23. Go on a Photo Scavenger Hunt. Break into teams, then with a digital camera or a phone camera, take photos of things or even actions that you have written out on a list. Such as a team member shaking hands with a stranger, trying on clothing in the opposite sex’s department, posing like a mannequin in a store, singing loudly in a public place, etc.

Now that you have a list of ideas, go out and have some FUN!

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