The weather is warming up, and school is winding up. It's time to start planning for the summer. Do you know what you hope to do together over the next few months? Have you written your family summer to-do list?
We have! Since our kids are still young, my husband and I have compiled our list together, made up of things they've been bugging us about since winter, as well as a few things we know they're going to love. Included on our list:
- A trip to the movies with Mom
- A trip to the aquarium with Dad
- Visiting the beach, the wading pool, the library
- A trip to IKEA for a play in the ball pit
- Picking food at our local farm together
- Eating ice-creams together
If you have bigger kids, you might want to get them around the dining table and brainstorm your list as a family. Not sure what to add? Think:
- What foods would you like to eat together?
- Who would you like to spend time with?
- Are there any special places you'd like to visit?
- Things you'd like to see/do?
- Books to read? Movies to watch? Board games to play?
But one word of warning - don't overload your list. What's important about a list like this isn't the act of filling up your holiday with stuff to do, it's about being intentional - intentionally prioritizing time for fun together. Remember when your parents piled you and your siblings in the car for some crazy summer family adventure? Make the list, make the effort. Your kids, too, will not forget it.
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