Happy June! Summer is finally here, and it’s summer bucket list time.
When my kids were young, I had a little anxiety about summertime. Everyone is super excited about being out of school, but summer boredom can hit fast. And that is why I began started the summer bucket list.
HOWEVER, I do like a little boredom; it is not a bad thing; in fact, I think it is very healthy; it stimulates imagination and creativity.
Yet, for my sanity, I need to create a summer bucket list to keep them stimulated and to make double sure the summer ended with our family doing something!
To kick off the summer, I’d look at a few camps and enroll the girls into one that they seemed interesting to them. And then we all sit down and create a summer bucket list, the top 10 things to do this summer.
Kids love this! It allows them to feel proactive in their life.
Every year they’d surprise me with their list: Pearl would write down her top movie choices, and Merrin, who is older, would ask for more independence.
A few summers, I went big with Merrin. We have lived in Hawaii for a long time, and while it has been great, it is very sheltering for teens – with not many opportunities. One summer, Merrin traveled to British Columbia, all by herself. Yes, traveling alone at 15 might not be a big deal, but going through customs and immigration plus a plane connection is. She did great and will be very empowered by it. She spent five weeks with my sisters and all of her cousins, plus working at a top equestrian stable.
How do you plan your summer? Do you create summer bucket lists? This summer might pose new, more limiting options; however, that is an opportunity to get very creative!
PS Do you have my PDF ebook on, “creating a natural pharmacy,” if not grab it here ( scroll to the bottom), it could come in handy this summer!