This is the fourth year we have made a summer bucket list on our chalkboard wall. It's a favorite and I'm so glad we started doing it. The kids are getting older (7.5 and almost 9), so we have to tweak the list every year, but I know we will be doing this for years to come. There is so much to do in our city, we should never run out of things to do!
I've used this childhood quote on this wall before. I just love it and find it speaks to me. I don't believe that every minute of every day should be devoted to your kids. I don't believe that it is my job to entertain my kids all day long. I believe that kids should learn how to be bored. I believe they should have to use their imaginations. I believe siblings need to find ways to get along without a parent intervening every time. I believe that kids should be able to go to the grocery store and run errands without it ending their world (or their parent's :).
However, I am home with my kids all summer, summer is a season of fun, my kids are only young once, and we intend to have a lot of fun! I think most parents hope to provide a childhood their kids will remember, and we are no exception. This certainly doesn't mean saying yes to everything. I believe the power of saying "no", and often. I believe in the power of new experiences and trying new things and it is important for us to pass this along to our children. I also believe in old fashioned fun and the power of playing with friends and learning how to resolve conflicts. I believe in frog catching, bike rides, nerf gun wars, and taking baby dolls for stroller rides. I want our kids to think back about their childhood and not remember what they received, but what they "did" and what they "learned" and that they were "loved".
We add a lot to the list and never get to all of it, but it's a good reference point for us. Most of the items on the list are inexpensive or free, which is also important to me!
I decided to make a little bunting for the summer list using random scrapbook paper. I just adhered it to the wall with electrical tape on the back of the paper. So far, so good!
We als have a separate list of new restaurants we have been wanting to try. And come on, if you are anything like me, you LOVE a list! I've passed the "love" on to my kids!
You can find our other summer bucket lists here: