The Low-Stress Summer Bucket List Twist by The (Reformed) Idealist Mom

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Summer bucket lists can be fun, but as the Pinterest-age has made them a “status quo” of summer, a lot of parents (myself included) are experiencing a sense of “bucket list failure”or burn-out. So as soon as I saw this post from Kelly, I knew we had to share it! Here is a wonderful, low-pressure twist on the summer bucket list. ~Ellie

A Low-Stress Summer Bucket List Twist by The (Reformed)  Idealist Mom

Bucket lists stress me out. They’re just another to-do list, and I’ve got plenty of those hanging around not getting done.

But I want to love them. Especially the summer bucket lists. I daydream about giving my girls a magical childhood summer, from the ooey-gooey goodness of s’mores, to chasing elusive fireflies, to no longer having dirty hobbit feet thanks to the endless pool time.

I did a little research on to-do lists with summer fun in mind, and I came across three secrets to success for summer bucket lists.

The first secret? Don’t make a summer bucket list – make this instead.


The Reformed Idealist Mom headshotABOUT KELLY:  Kelly is a recovering perfectionist, she procrastinates, and she’s constantly tripping over her own feet. In the plus column, she’s really good at making spreadsheets and eating baked goods. At her blog The (Reformed) Idealist Mom, Kelly shares her struggles against that mean old witch Perfection and celebrates the “good enough.” Subscribe here to learn how to handle your kid’s temper tantrum like a ninja, whether you’re making a HUGE mistake every night at the dinner table, a magic trick for taking your kids shopping with no whining, and more.

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