Go fishing, go to the museum of science and industry, bake peanut fudge cookies , send granddad a card, go surfing, take a train ride, go shopping, go to the skateboard park, eat hamburgers on the pier, read The Polar Express, learn to sew, take a hip hop class, make a pie, learn to snorkel, help mom plant flowers .....................
The summer is almost over and your kids may have already begun with their chant of “I wish that I could have gone/done/seen/created/experienced or eaten this summer”.
How often have you listened to your kids as they lamented about all that they wish they could have done before the school year started? While there is still time, ask your children to sit down and make their own personal, kid sized, Bucket List of things that they would like to do/see/create/experience/eat or read this summer. (Okay so I snuck in read!)
Next, ask your children to rank their desires in order of importance. Determine which activities on the list are actually doable now, which need to be deferred and how many can be scheduled later throughout the year.
I’m hoping that along with all of the fun activities that they’ve listed, you’ll encourage your kids to sprinkle in a few things that they might do for someone else. Perhaps they could consider a visit to grandma, a letter or email to a friend or helping an elderly neighbor drag their trashcans to the curb for the next 2 weeks. Maybe they have thought about doing something for someone else but just never followed through. Encourage them to do so now. Just a hint that doing something for someone else can add to your child's happiness!
Now talk about what needs to be done to check off a few of their bucket list items. Make your kids feel responsible and part of the process for determining the how and when of making things happen. By doing this you will enable your kids to set priorities, clarify goals and establish time lines.
Now go out and enjoy the rest of your summer!