My 14-yr old daughter has a routine that we mastered from last summer. I began last summer with a written schedule every day. I listed what to eat for breakfast, snacks, and lunch. I listed what time she should do her 2-3 chores. I also included screen time, exercise time, and time to practice her instrument. At other times she read a book or worked on crafts. I think she felt relieved to have a schedule laid out for her. I let her start to make changes to the schedule and she started writing it on her own. And then she didn't need to write it down after getting the hang of it by the end of summer.
I started this because the kids have routines and strict schedules all school-year. To be put in a situation where suddenly they have all day with nothing expected would just be too overwhelming and I KNOW she would end up on the couch in front of the TV all day until 30 minutes before I get home when she would do her chores! (well, because that's what I did when I was her age!)
Also, I had to be responsible on my part with a few rules: No junk food in the house, buy LOTS of fruits and veggies she liked at the grocery store, divide portions ahead of time, keep her accountable to her chores and exercises or double up the next day. And do lots of fun things on the weekends out of the house so she didn't feel so stir crazy during the weekdays.
| Pounds lost: 11.6