They’re out there.
They can be intimidating.
They make you exhausted before you even finish the last bullet on the list.
You’ve either seen them or heard someone talk about them.
Summer Bucket Lists.
Let’s get real. Yes, parents are glad it’s summer vacation time. But things get complicated when we have to figure out what to do with our tweens for the next 2 months.
I, like many moms, have created summer bucket lists in the past. I had good intentions of filling my kid’s summer with activities and being fully present in their lives. Yes, we had fun but by mid summer, I felt overwhelmed from trying to fulfill everything from our list.
As a mom that works outside the home, our summer bucket lists could not withstand the times when I had a last minute, late afternoon conference call. Or the 6 car pile up on the interstate.
No one or nothing is immune to real life, not even a summer bucket list.
I am not sure if parents with tweens make these types of lists because by the time our kids hit a certain age, we have to come up with a real summer plan. Without a summer plan, parents would end up with zombie tweens: those who play on their cell phones, tablets or play video games all day.
A part of the summer plan should include some actual play time. Tweens are old enough to actually enjoy and remember having summer experiences. So why not create summer memories by being present in your tween’s life and not locked into a summer bucket list?
Here’s how we’re ditching our summer bucket list (hint: you should, too!):
Creating memorable experiences with actual play and being present with our tween.
Electronics have the potential to rob us all from having real, human interactions. Knowing this makes “play” a bit different with tweens. Tweens are old enough to enjoy and remember having summer experiences.
Reducing the amount of time we are on our phones/tablets/laptops will give us time for real play. Tween Girl loves riding her bike throughout our neighborhood while I walk/run with her. I want to run my first 5k race this year and will need to train. She wants to teach me how to skate (nope, I can’t skate!) so that will make for a lot of activity, falls and laughs. Of course, we will make time for electronics (all in the name of balance) because she LOVES playing her Disney Infinity game and LOVES when we play with her.