Summer is quickly approaching, my kids get out of school this month. To help ensure our summer can be the best it can be, I am sharing some tips for planning the Perfect Summer Bucket List.
What is Summer?
First figure out what summer means to you and your family. Does it mean days at the beach? Lots of lazy days in pajamas? A day of kids just being free? A few activities now and then or constantly on the go? For each of us it will be different, but stop and figure out what would be the best for your family. If you are just copying someone's list on Pinterest, it really might not be the right fit for your family.
The One Thing
What is the one thing everyone really wants to do? Try if possible to get that one thing, big or small scheduled during your summer. This means sitting down with everyone and getting their ideas and input.
Don't under estimate the power of tradition. Sure you might have done it last year, but kids thrive on routine and consistency. There might be some things they anticipate will happen; don't neglect those things in the hopes of trying to plan the perfect summer. Every year right before we go back to school, we have a YES Day, a day where the answer to every question is yes (don't worry there are some rules).
Plan for Messes
Your nice clean house, the neatly folded laundry- realize some of this might slip a little. Now I am not saying to never clean your house or do any laundry, but realize that in your fun there might be more messes. There probably will be more time spent playing than cleaning, but that is okay! The memories, this time, is much more important.
When it is time to clean it is a perfect time to get the kids involved, they have the time now. Don't forget to find products that make your life easier, like all free clear laundry detergent. Our summers involve a lot of water days which means wet bathing suits, piles of towels and sand in everything, the beach likes to come home with you.
I love that I can use all free clear and know that not only will it fight those stains (hello Popsicle drips), but it is also safe and gentle on the skin. It is the #1 recommended detergent brand by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for sensitive skin. I love that I can feel safe using it for my whole family.
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After you figure out your list, make a general plan or schedule of your events. If you just leave it as a list, you will either rush through the list and do it all at once, or put things off until it is too late. Make a schedule!
Yes the title of this post says planning the Perfect Summer Bucket List, but there is no such thing. Nothing will ever be perfect, there will be amazing days and some down right awful days; but if we just step back and look for those good moments, remember the good days and realize we it is okay if we don't accomplish our whole list, then we can truly enjoy summer.
Need some ideas? Here are some of the things that made our Summer Bucket List
What are your summers likes? Do you like to have a big plan or do you just go with the flow?