What is On Your Family Summer Bucket List?

As parents of young kids are making day care plans and having life as they know it turned upside down for the short season of summer, it’s a reminder that our teenagers will be out of school too! While they don’t need a babysitter anymore, they probably are the babysitter in some cases, they still need some structure and accountability! They can get a job, have chores, enroll in classes, but the bottom line is they are on their own a good part of the day, because most parents still work throughout the summer! So here’s one idea for adding in some structure and time together.

Take the  Family Summer Bucket List Challenge!

Here is how it works:

Everyone in the family puts down 5 to 10 things they want to do this summer. Preferably free or as close to free as possible.

As parent, combine the list and tweak what you have to for practicality reasons.

Have one of the kids make it into a poster, simple sheet of paper or high tech group list to somehow display this bucket list.

Start checking stuff off as a family. Remember, if you jump in and try the things they added to the list, they will be more likely to try the things you have added to the list. You have 5-10 items to add to the list. Choose wisely! Add what you love. Its a good chance for them to try something new. And a good chance to see who you are and what you like to do.

Find a way to work your way through the list to:

Connect with your teenagers,

Spend quality time with your teens and

Create memories with your teenager!

Here is a list of things I have seen appear on many Family Summer Bucket Lists

Tie dye socks in the backyard

Bike the trail to the ice cream shop

Make Bath bombs with Lavender from the garden

Plant a tree

Learn to drive

Make rock candy from scratch

A day without Cell Phones


What is on your Family Summer Bucket List?

We would love to have you share your list to inspire other families!

Joy Hartman is passionate about empowering teens to become strong, confident adults! She works with teens of all ages as a family therapist in Wisconsin and has the unique experience of raising three moody, eye-rolling teenagers of her own. For more fun and support on this crazy roller coaster ride of parenting teenagers, join Joy and hundreds of other parents at: Joyhartman.com or


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