The preparing for adolescence trip is one our kids all look forward to. On the 12th birthday the child takes an overnight trip with one parent. During the trip we listen and talk about the "Preparing for Adolescence" series by James Dobson. The series covers all the "big talk" conversations that teenagers will need. Dr. Dobson recommends taking this trip prior to the kid actually being a teenager as they are more willing to talk as you go through the information. I took this trip with Riane and it was a blast. My kids mostly know it all by 12, but it is good to take that time alone to answer any questions and just enjoy each other one on one. With Riane, she picked a mall trip in Cincinnati.
This year it is Braydon and he will be 12 on January 17. He wanted to go snowboarding. Mad River Mountain is not far from our house, but we are not a skiing, snowboarding family -- so there was lots to learn. I found a great package for kids -- $58 for all equipment, a two hour lesson (with Hot Chocolate break!), and an all day pass. Jerome wanted to eat at a place called the Red Pig Inn (sound like Boy time or What?).
They had an awesome father/son trip. Here's the highlights in pictures: