Whether you're a parent, a coach, or a teacher, you know how tough it can be to come up with team building activities that are a good fit for teens. At Mind Gym, we have the answer. We utilize challenging brain games that can help your teens socialize and exercise their minds at the same time. Check out these tips for how you can help the teens you work with come together as a team.

Be the change you want to see. While it may sound cliche, make sure you're modeling the good behavior you want to see from your teens. This can mean speaking positively, being kind to yourself, finishing what you start, and not making fun of others (even jokingly). When your teens see how you treat others, they'll be likely to follow your lead.

Change your environment - If you work with teens, it's likely that you usually see them in the same environment. Whether that means you interact with them on the soccer field or in the science classroom, seeing teens in only one facet of their life often means that you only get to know one aspect of their personality. The same is true for their peers. When teens get to see each other in a new environment, they'll be exposed to new facets of one another's personality that they wouldn't normally see.

Learn something new together - Going through a new challenge can help teens see each other's strengths and weaknesses in a new way. Learning something new together can lead to discussions about other aspects of their lives, their interests outside of their normal time as a group, and areas in which they need some extra support.

Board games and brain games - When teens work together over board games and team building activities, the pressures that come with the social life of a teenager tend to dissipate. Shy teens tend to lose some of their nerves as they look for ways that they can contribute to the good of the group. Normally boisterous kids may take a step back as they watch the skills of their peers begin to shine. As the adult of the group, you have a few choices - you can step in or choose to sit back and watch your kids work together. Many adults enjoy watching the dynamics of the group unfold as teens work together to solve a puzzle or complete a board game together.

If you're looking for board games or team building activities for your teen, reach out to us at Mind Gym. We'd love to schedule an event for your teens to get to know each other better while learning something new.