Get your free printable Spring Bucket List of fun, family-friendly activities to do this March through May with your kids.
I don’t know about you, but I am DONE with this winter weather. After living through Snowvid last week here in Texas, I am ready to see some fresh buds on the trees.
We bought our kids roller blades this weekend and watching them learn brought back so many memories of playing outside as a kid. There is such joy in the simplicity of childhood. I love to bring those times back to life with my bucket lists I’ve created for my kids. They provide a way to stay intentional in playing with my children each day.
The spring invites us to a new start, a clean slate. And after 2020 (and an unfortunate start to 2021), I could use a little fresh spring air.
PRINT YOUR SPRING BUCKET LIST
Whether you’re motivated to start some spring cleaning or get outside more with your kids, I’ve got the list to fill your spring days with fun!
Get a head a start on spring as you work your way through this list with your kids over the next three months. Don’t worry, take a picture with a creepy Easter bunny did not make the cut…
Be intentional in how you celebrate the holidays this year by creating a Valentine’s Day itinerary for food, family and fun!
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CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THE KIDS THIS YEAR!
For many of us, it’s hard to get a sitter and even harder with the current quarantine limitations. Don’t let it put on a damper on your romance! In fact, use this as an opportunity to help your kids feel at ease with how much you and your hubby still love each other!
Children feel much happier and secure when they know their parents are getting along. Here are a few ideas to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in a way the kids can participate!
1. SET THE TABLE WITH CANDLES AND PLAY SOME ROMANTIC MUSIC
Set the scene with something out of the ordinary for your kids. Get out the “fancy” dishes, maybe even a few place cards, and turn on a “romantic” playlist. Listen to my playlist here.
2. COOK A “FANCY DINNER”
If you’re like me, this is the easiest step where you order takeout, but if you enjoy cooking, make something different that isn’t in your regular rotation or add an appetizer like spinach dip or a cheese ball.
3. SERVE A SPECIAL DESSERT
Order in or cook something different the kids have never tried like a brownie sundae or tiramisu!
4. PASS OUT VALENTINE’S CARDS & GIFTS
Have your kids write each other notes beforehand and pass them out during dessert. You can use my template here. If you have special goodie bags, this is a good time too! Ideas are:
Lay out palettes of blankets, pillows and stuffed animals to create a spot to cuddle while you watch a family-friendly movie.
7. WATCH A “FEEL-GOOD” ROMANTIC MOVIE
While most “romantic” movies can’t be seen by little eyes, I’ve found a bunch that can! Grab some popcorn and share the love with these G and PG rated movies. Unsure if these are appropriate for your kids? You can check out all the details at Common Sense Media.
8. GOODNIGHT HUGS & KISSES
Don’t forgot to end the night by telling your kiddos how much you love them with goodnight hugs and kisses! You can grab this complete printable itinerary and plan your family’s Valentine’s Day celebration here:
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Bring your family together by creating goals that define what you want to look like as a family. Get your free template printable here.
FINDING A MENTOR
A few years ago I was lucky enough to find an amazing “Mom group” with mentors that helped me tremendously as a parent. Finding a mom that’s a season ahead of you doing things well is one of the best parenting resources you can find. If you don’t have a mentor in your life, ask yourself who do you know that is parenting their children with patience and leadership?
No one’s perfect, but who is raising their children in a healthy, spiritual direction? Text them, call them, ask them to lunch. It starts with you—don’t be intimidated. I’ve found that older women in my church feel so appreciated to be asked to coffee to get parenting advice.
CREATING FAMILY GOALS
I was introduced to the idea of a “family mission statement” and for the first time saw how I could bring my family together as a team, while teaching my kids Biblical truths. Every family is different, so your goals will be worded differently. When I wrote this goal poster (originally in 2016), I wanted it to address our current issues.
Preschool temper tantrums
Sharing with a baby sister
Cleaning up after ourselves
Making my children feel loved and secure
Then I added the “Fruits of the Spirit” as a kind of rule chart for my kids to refer to. When someone was caught not sharing or lying, I could direct them to the family goals and ask them what Fruit of the Spirit they needed to work on. Instead of focusing on what they did wrong, it changed their focus to how they could make it right.
PRINT YOUR OWN FAMILY GOALS CHART
Write out your list of what you want your family to look like and create your own set of family goals…or feel free to use mine and have your kids draw a family picture in the middle.