Cook a three-course meal for the family

You can help your teen, or not, come up with a meal that stretches their abilities in the kitchen a little bit. For younger teens, ask them to keep the menu simple; for older ones, encourage them to shop, prepare, and cook the meal by themselves. You might want to be on hand to offer any help if asked. This is a great activity to do for a special family occasion as it can make them feel really involved.

Read a challenging book

This one is for those teens who like to read (you'll only make non-readers hate reading even more if this is forced upon them). Help pick out a book that's above their reading level but still doable. Choose a genre that they'd not necessarily opt for usually, or pick a classic that they might not have heard of before. There's plenty of classical literature with social themes that resonate just as strongly today as when the book was written.

Get to really know one particular saint

It's great to have a saint that you feel close to and really know. There are lots of saints who are powerful intercessors for teens, so you might want to help your child sort through this list and see if there's one that seems the right fit for your child. Or you could get your child to do a little research and see if they can find their own patron saint.

Make something with fabric

Now this doesn't have to be at the level of Coco Chanel. Go for something really basic, even if it's a pretty pillow for their bedroom, but encourage your child to use their hands and let them see what goes on behind producing everyday products. It might help them see their own closet in a whole new light.

Make a mark in history

Having been through a major event that will go down in history, get your child to make some form of report. Whether they choose to do a video journal or put pen to paper, encourage them to record what has happened, and how they felt, this year so that they can share this with their own children in years to come.

Get volunteering

Although there are greater restrictions at the moment, there will be some form of charity work that your teen can get involved with. You can contact your local parish or community services center to see what opportunities your child can join in over the summer. This will not only keep them occupied, it will help others and allow your child to see the importance of caring for the vulnerable.

DIY project

It's important for kids to be a part of keeping their home clean and tidy, but it's also great to give them a little responsibility in its upkeep. You could help them to try their hand at putting up shelves in their room or giving it a paint -- depending on your own abilities! Remember, if it's not completely perfect, it's the effort that counts.

Stretch your physical limits

This is definitely a challenge for those who aren't prone to exercise, but encourage your child to set some sort of fitness goal. Whether it's being able to finish the summer doing 100 push ups, or being able to hula hoop for five minutes straight, motivate your teen by promising a reward to celebrate the accomplishment once they reach it!

Bible bound

Give your teen the challenge of reading a certain number of verses or chapters of the Bible over the summer. For the non-readers, don't forget there are various audio versions of the Bible available online.