My boys and their friends can get a bit rambunctious at times, but they do make life very interesting. I enjoy hearing their stories, most of the time, and I am constantly being updated as to what’s ‘cool’ today and what isn’t. I’m sure my boys and their friends are typical teens. However, we do live out in the country, so some of the things listed below might not be a city-boy’s idea of fun. Here are 8 things teenage boys like to do in our neck of the woods.
Once warmer weather hits, I rarely see the boys in the house. They’ve made a campsite down the hill on our property and each of their friends has camping areas set up at their own homes. The boys rotate camping sites during the spring, summer, and sometimes even into the fall. During extremely warm weather they don’t even bother taking a tent to set up for sleeping in. They seem to get a kick out of ‘roughing it’ sometimes.
Thankfully we don’t live in an area where skateboarding through town has been banned. I think this is a great thing, since there is very little for teens to do anyway. Why take away something that they enjoy that isn’t harming anyone?
This can be quite the contest and sometimes it turns into one that causes me to leave the room. Boys. If you know of any teenage boys, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. The louder the bodily function, the more laughter there is. Once the weather turns warm, I usually send them outside for these ‘contests’.
The beauty of living in the country is that there are tons of dirt roads and open fields to ride 4-wheelers and dirt bikes on. It seems that most kids around here learn to ride a motor bike or 4-wheeler before ever learning how to ride a bicycle. Somehow, teenage boys always seem to find a mud puddle, no matter where they end up riding. Hmmm. Interesting!
Fancy targets can be purchased in sporting good stores, but the nearest sports supply store around here is a 3 hour drive. So, the boys and their friends have come up with their own targets to shoot at. These consist of old pots and pans, tin cans, and random shapes cut out of cardboard. Each target is hung on an outer branch in a variety of trees in the front yard. Everyone else’s yard must look like ours because no one ever drives up and questions the random things dangling from branches in the front yard.
This is an actual sport around here. The teenage boys all get together and take their big 4-wheel drive trucks out in a muddy field and race each other. They simply call it ‘muddin’. This event usually takes place on a Saturday. If they can’t find a muddy field, then they sometimes make their own. School on Monday involves showing off how muddy each boy got his truck over the weekend. The more mud there is caked on the vehicle, the cooler it is.
As you can already see, friends are involved in just about every aspect, when it comes to teenage boys. They are like a bunch of puppies. They pile together to watch movies, wrestle constantly, and are always looking for something to do as a group.
Playing video games is a regular occurrence here. The boys get online and play against their friends who have Internet access. Occasionally they’ll rope me into a game, but I’m no match for them. They know I’m terrible at their shooting games, but it’s still nice of them to ask me to play from time to time.
This is the list I’ve been able to come up with of 8 things teenage boys like to do. What else do you think belongs on this list?
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