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8 Tips for Making the Perfect Family Bucket List


Making memories with your kids is the best part of being a parent!   Bucket lists are so much fun and it can be as formal or informal as you like.


There are so many reasons to write a family bucket list.  Doing things together and making memories with your kids is so important as your kids grow older.  Sharing dreams and goals can really help unite siblings and give parents insight into their kids personalities.


I personally love writing Seasonal Bucket Lists with my family.  It helps me organize ideas that my family would like to do together and puts them all in one place for me to keep track of.


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Here are 8 tips for writing a family bucket list, whether it is for a lifetime or just a season or holiday.


Choose a time frame.   

You decide what works best for your family.  Many families enjoy doing a lifetime list that you can look back on. If that is too overwhelming, start smaller.  Some ideas are: a Saturday list (things to do on Saturdays or whatever day your family is free),  a seasonal list (for Fall/Spring/Summer Vacation,  a 5 year list,  one month,  until the kids turn 18,  Holiday Bucket Lists (such as Christmas, Easter and Halloween) free family fun, Vacation bucket lists, 50 Movies to Watch Together- the possibilities are endless! 


Brain Dump.   

Have a family meeting and write down EVERYTHING that comes out of everyone’s mouths. Some may be just plain silly, but what matters is getting everybody’s input and ideas.


Think outside the box. 

 It doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive.  You could plan a bunch of simple things with one really exciting idea. The great things is- it’s totally up to you. Bucket Lists definitely don’t have to be destination based either. So many people think you have to visit another country or go deep sea diving- which is totally not the case! 


Narrow it down

After your family does a brain dump, choose reasonable ideas based on your family’s situation.  If you work every weekend, or don’t have a lot of spending money – choose ideas you can reasonably do.  Try to include on idea from everyone in the family.  You don’t want it to be  overwhelming. It should make you and your family excited to cross things off your list! 


Write it down and post it

It is up to you how to your family would like to display it.   You could make a poster and place it on the wall and have the kids cross off  items as you do them.  If your ideas are the lower budget variety, maybe the kids could pick one out of a jar every weekend.  You could write your ideas in a journal as well.  


Plan it. 

 This step may be better without the kids, you decide. Look at your list of goals and think about what you have to do to achieve them. If it necessitates saving money – plan a yard sale or start a change jar.  Want to do all fun Fall activities?  Plan a day for each activity based on your schedule.  If it is a Holiday/Seasonal Bucket type of list, start to pick up items that will help you achieve your goals.  Things like water balloons for Summer Bucket lists, or cookie cutters for  a Christmas Bucket List, Ice Skates or Sleds for a Winter List- or anything else you might need to help execute your plans.


Document it. 

 Start a scrapbook and put pictures in with a description of the idea. Buy have a shadow box that contains ticket stubs or sand from the beach of a vacation spot. Make a family box with pictures and souvenirs and road maps from your travels.  Make a travel journal, Facebook album or just create your own photo album in your phone. 


Have fun!   

Your family bucket list may look totally different from everyone you meet. Make one list for your whole life or one list a month! The great part is – it is 100% up to you.  There is no right or wrong way to do it.  I love to do seasonal lists and a list when we go on vacation once a year that gives me ideas about what fun activities to plan. Some families have the means to travel and may have more of a destination based list.  You could even do a Bucket List to see Roadside Attractions, beaches and parks in your local area.  It can be as simple or extravagant as you would like.  Don’t sweat it if you don’t complete it exactly on time. Have fun with it!  Making memories with your kids is what it is all about. 


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