Not Your Average Summer Bucket List
If you’re looking for a summer bucket list that has a long list of huge (somewhat unreachable) activities, sorry this isn’t the one for you! This summer bucket list is a fun list of simple to moderate activities, that can easily be completed throughout the summer with minimal effort and cash. We all love hearing that last part, am I right?
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When summer finally arrives, the kids are happy and excited (as homeschool moms, sometimes we are too). However, that excitement can wear off extremely quick. Without the consistency of school and schedules, kids tend to get bored (and let’s just say it… lazy) That’s what makes this summer bucket list a perfect option! It’s filled with simple tasks your children can complete on their own, as well as some more exciting options that might require a little bit of Mom’s help.
The point is to look at this list as a goal for your summer, not as a list of things you may or may not be able to complete. My hope in creating this, is that children and parents alike will use these lists to spend more quality time off screens, together, and simply enjoying the little things in life!
Why the List was Created
I love my kids to the moon and back, but being homeschooled means that they are always, always needing something from me. It can get overwhelming, and if I’m honest, completely exhausting! With that said, I’m usually in the market for some fun and creative ideas to keep their active minds busy and occupied during summer months. Not only is this fun for them, but it also offers the occasional breather. A lot of the ideas I think of on a whim are on this list, mixed in with some bigger things too of course!
Plus, I needed something for my own children to work on over the summer! While we are still doing some minor homeschool lessons a few times a week, they still need other goals and checklists to keep from falling into that “lazy summer mode” that seems to creep up if we let it. My middle son especially thrives on this kind of thing. He loves check lists and having goals to meet. Super excited to do this with all my kiddos over this summer, I hope you are too!
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Different Kids, Different Needs
Since I have 3 kids varying in age, I totally saw the need for multiple bucket lists! I know there are certain things my older boys can do, that my 5 year old just simply cannot partake in. So, I created a bucket list for littles, middles, and bigs! As the parent, you can decide which list is the best fit for each of your children.
It will be super fun to see who completes their list first in our home this summer. I have a gut feeling I know who it will be, due to his (very) competitive nature. However, I could definitely see it taking a turn in a different direction as well. Gotta love brothers… Lots of competition going on in this house!
Curious on how to use the bucket list pack? You can simply give your kids their lists and set them free, hoping they use it on their own. Or, you can turn it into a competition, like I plan to. I haven’t come up with an exact prize just yet (it will be something super simple like picking dinner one night or a themed movie night at home), but it will be good! You might just be amazed at how something as simple as picking dinner for the evening can be a huge motivator in a competition. My kids seriously live for this kind of stuff!
Why Mom Needs Her Own Summer Bucket List
Let’s be honest, momming is stressful! While creating this list for my own children, I quickly came to the conclusion that I to needed one of these! As moms, we are constantly thinking about our kids and their needs. It can be so incredibly easy to forget about our own! So, I sat down with a glass of wine one evening to give it some serious thought.
What might a mom bucket list look like anyway? Over the course of the evening I simply wrote down all the things I would like to do this summer! I’m not into things that take a lot of time, money, or energy. Guess I’m a little ‘summer lazy’ myself, haha!
With that said, expect this to be a very light and simple list. Keep in mind though, simple can totally be a good thing!
Who knew a summer bucket list for Mom could actually be a thing? No more struggling to find a little time for yourself over the summer! While the kids are working on their list, Mom gets to work on hers! So kick back and work towards your own goals, as well as enjoy a little me time.
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