The One Thing You Should Do with Your Family

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.

– The Bucket List Movie, 2007

You don't need to be dying to start a bucket list!

In the contrary, why wait till it’s too late to live your life to it’s fullest! And why not include your whole family in the process too!

Most people do bucket lists for themselves or sometimes as couples, but we rarely see family bucket lists. I find that it’s the best way to create a bond with your children and to maintain it. It’s important to have goals and dreams… and that’s a great lesson to teach your kids. Plus, it’s such a fun thing to do! It will definitely bring you all closer!

So gather up your family and sit down with a pen and paper, or an excel spreadsheet, or even a whiteboard, and just write everything that you want to do. Write activities, events, small items, big ones too, include gratifying gestures, silly experiences, challenges, trips and everything that comes to mind! Make sure that the kids participate too! And don’t shut down any ideas, write everything down, even if something seems impossible to achieve. There are no wrong answers. Sometimes, we are able to come up with alternative plans that count towards that goal. For example, a walk on the moon could become an anti-gravity activity. Riding a unicorn could be riding a horse dressed as a unicorn. Anyway, you get the idea!

Here are a few ideas for your family bucket list - just enough to get the wheel turning!
  • Go camping
  • Build a fort
  • Go to a drive-in theater
  • Pay a stranger’s bill at a restaurant ‘anonymously’… The whole process of watching someone else receive the good news that their dinner was paid is so gratifying and teaches kids good values.
  • Go for a hike
  • Go to a thrift shop and try funny clothes on
  • See a shooting start
  • Learn a few words in Spanish
  • Water balloon fight
  • Pillow fight

After your list is done (for now, because you can and should always write down new ideas when they come to mind), you should store it a way that stays visible to the kids and to yourself. You want to make sure it doesn’t get lost and forgotten in a pile of paper or in a folder on your computer.

Ideas to manage your list with your family;
  • My personal fav! (Which I just thought of and I’ll be sure to try!!) Have a post-it board (each post-it is a family bucket list. – maybe stick all of the finished post-its in an album afterward with a few shots of the activities for a keepsake. It would make a great memory of all your family’s adventures.
  • Keep your list on a whiteboard – Use clothespins to write on them the activity or bucket item and clip to a bucket. Put it in the bucket once completed.

Remember how you felt in your early twenties? That adventurous, spontaneous, fun and ambitious you? Well bring it back out, but include your family in the fun!!

What would be on YOUR family bucket list?