How to Build Your Family’s Unique Summer-Fun Bucket List

Summer is finally here. Thank goodness. But now you’re starting to hear increasingly urgent (and quite frankly aggravating) inquiries of “What are we going to do today?!? I’m so BORED!” If this sounds familiar, it’s time to take just 30 minutes to build your family’s very own summer-fun bucket list so a great idea will always be at your fingertips.
  • Track down a pack of recipe cards or cut letter-sized paper into thirds.
  • Give everyone in the family a pencil and 10 cards.
  • Ask everyone to put one summer-fun idea on each card (young kids can draw pictures). Remind ...
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