12 Things to Put on Your “Family Bucket List”

BY: - 29 Jan '14 | Parenting

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12 Things to Put on Your "Family Bucket List"

I’m sure you all have a bucket list of your own personal things to do, people to meet and places to go. Well, how about making it a family affair? Make a bucket list and look forward to crossing things off each month as a family! It will be fun. Keep the family fun going each month, so mark your calendars and use this ENTIRE YEAR to cross of the items as you accomplish them!

This does so much for your family. It creates fun family time and togetherness. It shows accountability and commitment. When you include your children in making the bucket list, it shows how much you value their opinion!  What’s also great is you get to tailor it to your family’s desires. You can make your own, but here’s one to get you started:

JANUARY: GIVE!!! Pack up some old clothes, toys, shoes and time if you have it at a homeless shelter.

FEBRUARY: LOVE! Put names of the family members in a hat and draw the name of the family member. The name you draw, will be the person you have to make or buy a nice treat!

MARCH: TOGETHERNESS! Plan a day to spend together as a family doing something fun! Movies, skating, anything that can keep the fun going and the laughter non-stop!

APRIL: GET FIT! This month commit to trying/introducing at least 2 new veggies AND heading OUTSIDE to go for a family walk, bike ride or a run!

MAY: LEARN! This is the month to learn something new. Whether it’s as simple as learning to count to ten in Spanish or finally learning how to swim. Commit to something and get ready to celebrate each of your victories!

JUNE: RENEW! School is out/almost out. Time to renew your local public library card and take advantage of at least one activity that the library provides. Most likely, it’s FREE! Another suggestion is EVERYONE commit to reading at least one book.

JULY: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS! Show your children the importance of being nice and expecting nothing in return. Paying for a stranger’s coffee…offering to help a senior with groceries are just a few ideas!

AUGUST: PICNIC! Plan a family picnic. Find a shady spot under a tree or a park pavilion. Even if it’s your own backyard, it will be fun! (One last hurrah before school!)

SEPTEMBER: CELEBRATE!  Plan a BACK TO SCHOOL Kick-off!! Get them (and yourself) motivated for the new school year and make small goals of success!

OCTOBER: QUALITY TIME! Commit to spending one on one time with your child. No one else but you two. Great time to hear about their life right now. If you have more than one child, this may be challenging. But if you do it small increments, it’s doable.

NOVEMBER: GIVE THANKS! Teach your child the importance of gratitude. Have them recall a nice gesture that someone did for them, then write a “thank you” and send it. BONUS: Add a nice treat to the note for good measure!

DECEMBER: DECOMPRESS! The holidays can bring about lots of stress – shopping, crowds, etc. Take a step back from that and plan a moment to reflect on the true reason for the season and do something relaxing, TOGETHER as a family!

BMWK – I hope this contributes to your family’s well-being. If you do some or all of these, OR have a list of your own, please share!

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Sheree Adams wrote 117 articles on this blog.

Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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  1. Tamira

    I love it!!!! This list is so doable and will be a fun task for the family to complete. We completed January in December but we will stay on task throughout the remainder of the year. Thanks for sharing!!!! I will definitely pass this list along.

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6 Unique Ways to Make Each of Your Children Feel Special

BY: - 30 Jan '14 | Parenting

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I thoroughly enjoyed being raised in a home with my mom and sisters. I carry special memories that cause my heart to smile. Although it was a home full of girls, our needs were quite diverse. My mother had to make certain accommodations to make each of us feel like a priority. As the mom of two daughters, I am beginning to learn how valuable this lesson is. One would think with children, girls especially, we can share in all of the same activities and each child will feel important and validated. However, my girls couldn’t be more opposite. I have one who loves books, laptops and writing. Then I have another who’s focused on accessorizing, wearing glittery nails and staying up to date on the latest fashion trends. Because they don’t share the same interests, my quality time with them has to also be different.

Sometimes it might seem as though family time is good enough. The truth is, children need individual time with their parents. They need to feel special and not just be told they are special. As an adult, I know I’m a priority when I am listened to and when what I have an interest in is also important to that other person. The same is true for children. My girls love sharing something from their world with my husband and me. I love experiencing their excitement. Hearing their voices rise as they share what’s important to them reminds me of why I love being a mom so much. Even when I sometimes have to suggest they slow down, so I can get it, it’s still a magical moment. One of my top goals as a parent is to demonstrate my appreciation for my daughters’ individuality more often.

If you’re like me and this is your goal, here are 6 ways to make your children feel special:

1. Create a monthly or weekly outing, activity or TV show which just the two of us will participate in.

2. Turn off the technology sometimes and completely focus on what our children are telling us.

3. Respect their choices (when it’s not harmful) by listening to what’s most important to them. Once, my youngest daughter wanted to wear her bang straight up in the air instead of flat on her head. As painful as it was for me, I allowed her to. Not only was it empowering for her, it confirmed her voice mattered.

4. Have date nights. In a marriage, date nights keep a couple connected and provide a break from all the busyness. It does the same for children. It can be as elaborate as fine dining,  or simple like a movie or talking over froyo (frozen yogurt.)

5. Chaperone a few field trips. This is a great way to make my daughter feel special in front of her friends. Scheduling time off work and making myself available just for her, let’s her know she’s a priority.

6. Invite their friends over and get acquainted with them. My mom was always the favorite amongst the other parents when I was coming up. She made even my friendships feel special by getting to know the people I spent time with.

I’m so grateful for my childhood. My goal is to create those same amazing memories for each of my daughters.

BMWK, how do you spend individual time with your children?

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Tiya Cunningham-Sumter is a Certified Life & Relationship Coach, founder of Life Editing and Author of A Conversation Piece: 32 Bold Relationship Lessons for Discussing Marriage, Sex and Conflict Available on Amazon . She helps couples and individuals rewrite their life to reflect their dreams. Tiya has been featured in Essence and Ebony Magazines, and named one of the top blogs to read now by Refinery29. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. To find out more about Tiya, and her coaching, visit www.thelifeandlovecoach.com and www.theboldersister.com.

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