Do you have a Summer Bucket List? You absolutely should, and here are 5 reasons why:
1. It Gets Everyone Excited For the Summer
For me, summer tends to mean one thing: “what am I going to do with the kids?”. Of course that’s important, but just waking up in the morning and deciding haphazardly on an activity can make the season chaotic. For the kids, the excitement they built up all year about summer break can wane quickly if there isn’t anything to look forward to. I like to brainstorm a list with my kids. that way, when we are unsure what we want to do, we look at the list to see if there is something we can mark off!
2. It’s a Creative Exercise
Creativity is life. Crafting a Summer Bucket List is a great way to get the creative juices flowing! Think outside the box. What would you do if you could do anything at all? Jot it all down. Not everything has to be on the final list, but I find that from each idea, even if it’s crazy (Buy a Giraffe) can lead to things that are related and doable (Go to the Zoo). Aim for the moon, and you will land among the stars.
3. It’s a Fun Family Activity
As I said, this is something I like to do with my kids. This can be anything from a quick “jot down some ideas” session to a full afternoon of browsing Pinterest, perusing magazines, and talking about our interests, hopes and dreams. I love hearing how my kids ideas of fun change from one summer to the next. It helps me better understand what they currently value, and what they are interested in. More often than not, there are a few surprises in there.
4. It’s a Great Planning Tool
When you know what is on your Summer Bucket List, you can plan out the season more effectively. I try to have the majority of Our list items be local(ish) things we can do so that they can be done on a day off, or a day I may be able to leave the office early. If there are things we want to do that are outside our area, I know I need to not only budget for the financial cost that may be involved, but also for the time that will be involved.
5. It’s Satisfying
I love a good list!! Even more than that, I love checking things off lists. We post our Summer Bucket List in the kitchen, and when we do something on it, we mark it off as soon as we finish. It’s great to look at that list on the first day of school and see all the things that we enjoyed together. Bonus: when the kids are asked “What did you do over the summer?” the answer they give isn’t the dreaded “Nothing”. Mom Vindication!
Here’s a peek at a few of the things on our Summer Bucket List:
- Prepare a picnic together
- See a Baseball Game
- Go on a photo walk
- Dance in the rain
- Water balloon fight
- …and more!!
So, What is on your Summer Bucket List? Let me know in the comments below. I’m always looking for inspiration!