We just returned from vacationing in the North Carolina mountains. As you can imagine, we drove a lot, plus we had a lot of slopes and curves while there. We did not do any off roaring or 4 wheel driving, but it I still puts a strain on the engine.
Yesterday, my youngest son and I did simple maintenance on the Jeep. We did an oil change and replaced the front breakpads. Both are simple tasks. He is 15, and he is confident enough to do it himself. I could let him do it, but I enjoy working on the Jeep as well.
One added benefit, is I get to spend time with the boy doing something constructive. I truly believe these are the activities they will remember. These are the activities they will miss doing with me once they move out. Plus, these are the activities they will do with their kids.