Summer is here, and the hot weather has settled in. Vacation season is upon us! Summer is a great opportunity to steal time away with our families for much needed rest and relaxation.
I love the laid-back days of summer, where homework is non-existent and outside play continues for hours on end.
This season is also the time when my family and I plan a longer trip to the beach where we trade our routine for salty hair, sandy toes, and no agenda. We laugh, connect, and rejuvenate.
For us, the summer months translate to more family time. Although my husband and I continue to work, Fridays are designated as our day to explore new beaches or embark on some kind of adventure with our children.
This has become our tradition for the last few years. As you can imagine, we have a few non-negotiables on our list. We will visit our favorite spots and make plenty of splashes under the hot Florida sun in the coming weeks.
Creating a Bucket List For Summer
As my children have grown, so have their opinions. This year, I decided to ask for their input. As we collaborated on fresh ideas and a mix of suggestions, we ended up with our summer bucket list. How fun!
I love giving my children the opportunity to contribute to what we are doing. I have four unique individuals growing every day. They enjoy taking an active role in what we do as a family. As we involve them in the planning process, our kids feel important and valued.
We also get positive attitudes that are supportive of each other when we are doing something another child has suggested. What a win!
How about you? Have you ever created a bucket list with your family? We created our list to be accomplished over the summer months. Yet, the possibilities are endless for how you can use a bucket list. Here are a few examples:
- Upcoming Trips: Make a list of things to do, places to eat, adventures to try
- Holidays or Specific Seasons: List what you want to accomplish or participate in during the holiday or season
- New Year or Birthday: List of goals to work on as a family or individually
- Monthly Mission: Create a list of serving opportunities to do as a family monthly
What Is A Bucket List?
According to Dictionary.com, the term Bucket List originated in 2005. Bucket comes from the idiom “to kick the bucket” or to die.
Google defines Bucket List as, “a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.”
I love this definition!
Most people create bucket lists to accomplish specific goals or dreams by a certain age, or before their life ends. Yet, I would like to put a different spin on it.
Our children have one childhood. We will get to redo plenty of things in our lives, but raising our kids is not one of them. So, as we raise our world changers, let’s make the most of it and have a blast in the process. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself as you consider making a family bucket list.
What experiences can I provide that will help my children become culturally-diverse, well-rounded people?
What achievements can I push them towards that will shape them into confident beings before they leave my home?
In what ways can I create lasting memories, cherish the times we have, and cultivate a close relationship with my children as they grow into adults?
How To Create A Bucket List With Your Kids
Creating a bucket list with your kids is easier than you think. Here are a few tips on making this project fun and meaningful.
Explain The Why
Describe what a bucket list is and why you want to create one as a family. Share what you hope the win will be when every item is checked off the list.
If your desire is to explore fun, new adventures together, get them excited about the possibilities. If you want your family to become more missionally-minded, share this goal from your heart.
Get Everyone to Participate
Begin by brainstorming a few ideas to get their minds thinking. Then, give everyone their own piece of paper and writing utensil. Have them list as many ideas or suggestions as possible in a certain amount of time. When time is up, take turns sharing every suggestion.
Listen to Their Suggestions
Allow every participant to speak and encourage everyone to listen intently. Great ideas can evolve from hearing other’s suggestions. Also, be sure to not discount any crazy-sounding ideas. Every now and then, a child may come up with an outlandish idea.
You know you have one of those kids, too. That’s a good thing. We want them to dream big, right?
Instead of discounting an impossible-sounding suggestion, brainstorm a more grounded way of accomplishing the idea. Talk about how you can make it a reality that will work for your family.
Finalize Your Bucket List
As you’re listening to your kids’ ideas, make a master list of possibilities. Be sure to include at least one suggestion from each participant.
Make a Plan to Conquer Your List
If you are looking to accomplish these tasks during a specific season or holiday, set a date to accomplish these items by. You may even find it easier to choose a specific deadline for each individual item in order to make your bucket list more manageable to accomplish.
However, if that’s too rigid for you, stick with a final date to accomplish all items by. It’s also okay to allow your bucket list to be open-ended as long as your family is checking items off the list often.
Reviewing Your List Regularly
Display your bucket list in a place that is easily viewable by your family. Check in with each other to see how you are doing.
Are you on track to accomplishing every item on your list? Are you finding that you need more time to complete it? Does your list need to be tweaked at all?
Keep in mind that a family bucket list is meant to be fun and in some ways challenging. However, if your bucket list has become too demanding rather than an enjoyable challenge, discuss it as a family. Make necessary changes so that you can make accomplishments that are meaningful to your family.
Go For It: Create a Bucket List with Your Kids!
Make a plan to create a bucket list with your kids. Have fun with this project and get ready to create lasting memories as you conquer goals and embark on new adventures.
Have you made a family bucket list before? I would love to hear about it. Comment below! Could you also take a moment and share this post with a friend?