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Summer Bucket List: Free printable

This summer is going to be a long one for us. We have all the kids going back to school on the same schedule this year instead of staggered like most years (everyone will now be on the same school schedule though so that is a lot better). This means that we have more time off than usual. So we decided we wanted to try and do as many fun things together as we can. We decided to create a summer bucket list. We found a great printable for free at Savvy Southern Belle.

We loved all of the ideas on her list so much we decided to try them all out. Now you can probably make one of your own, but since that required me to be productive this summer I gave in and went with the free printable. You can head over to  Savvy Southern Belle and print hers as well.

We have already begun checking items off of our list. Last night we enjoyed a night time swim and we made s’mores in the fire-pit together as a family. These memories might seem simple now, but in a few years those memories will be the brightest. I really loved that most of these items were inexpensive, fun, and simple to do. Family fun time doesn’t have to be expensive, or complicated. It can be as simple as sitting outside under the stars together looking for constellations, counting the stars, or searching for shooting stars. As long as we are together, laughing, talking, and sharing we are guaranteed a good time.

What else would you add to your summer bucket list?

Thank you to  Savvy Southern Belle for the incredible ideas!

 

Effective Parenting

If you are anything like me, which I can bet you are, you are always looking to improve. Whether you are looking to improve mentally, physically, emotionally, or in this case — as a parent. My children will be home for summer break in a few short weeks, and by weeks I mean TWO. Since I am fortunate enough to run a small-business and a non-profit I am home most of the summer in order to be with them and avoid using child-care, I just work from home. I am also fortunate enough to bring my children in to work with me. However, just like every other parent in the world my children get bored, they act out, they are loud — after all, they are CHILDREN.

I know that this behavior is normal, but thee are ways to combat them. During the summer when I am home with them I try to be understanding of all of this, and their inability to completely handle and express their emotions and frustrations. But it can be hard for me too. I am busy, I am still working even though they are home to play. Tensions can run high for all of us. So every year I try to do a small “brush-up” on child development, I try to learn a few coping mechanisms to get us through with minimal blow-ups. effective parenting

This year I found this little reminder. I wanted to share it with all of you in case you too need a little reminder sometimes in order to get by. This summer I plan to utilize some of these. I know that there will still be hard days, but that doesn’t make them bad days. See I am already being optimistic!