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The school year is rapidly drawing to a close, and many families are starting to get "summer fever!" Maybe a fun family getaway is even already booked; but do you really know what your family wants to do this summer? Try asking!
Take a day to try and schedule an informal family meeting (you could even discuss it over a meal!), to ask for input for summer fun from each of your family members. Then use that feedback to create a "Family Summer Bucket List!"
Here are a few tips to make your list making experience fun and feasible:
- All family members should be respectful and take turns speaking
- No mocking or ridiculing other family members' ideas or suggestions
- Though each idea may not appeal to everyone, all activities must be family-friendly
- All activities must fit within the family-determined budget
- All activities must be safe and legal
- All suggestions should be open for discussion unless they do not conform to safety or other considerations
Ideas can be as complex as planning a family trip abroad or as simple as proposing a family picnic, use your imagination! Bucket-listing can help a family discern which interests or activities the family members share, and by including the kids in the list-making process they will be more invested in the activities you ultimately select! So grab a tablet, laptop, or pen and paper and have at it!