Our oldest is inching closer towards his 11th birthday. I know every parent has their own mixed emotions about their children growing up, but I feel this birthday is such a big deal. Let’s face it, ages 11 & 12 are sort of the awkward years leading up to the even more awkward teenage years. Yep, that about sums it up.
In the spirit of the ‘tween years that we’re about to endure in our household, I thought long and hard about how I spent my time as an 11 year old. To be honest, I don’t recall much, but what I do remember is how excited I was to officially become a teenager. I knew once I turned 12 years old my braces would be removed and hopefully my parents would let me start wearing contacts. Well, those braces did come off after awhile, but the contact wearing never worked out in the end (ugh, astigmatism).
Earlier this week I was browsing around at the endless brochures available at our public library. The kids’ were downstairs in the children’s section and I needed to find some literature for one of my classes. I came across an interesting list of things that every kid must do before they become a teenager. I smiled as I scanned the long list reminiscing back on my own childhood. Then it occurred to me that there was a few things I never did before I made the jump to adulthood. The light bulb above my head turned on and I knew what my next project was. We’re going to check off every single box on this list of 100 things to do before he turns 12.
Move over summer bucket list, this Mama wants to have a wheelbarrow race!
Since we are currently stationed in Colorado, there is so much outdoor activities that we can do with our boys. I am very grateful we stumbled across this list created by Generation Wild. There are quite a few things on the list that I know we’ve already experienced, but to make things even more exciting I thought we should start off fresh. The boys’ thought this was an amazing idea! I’m hoping this helps our boys get through the long summer break and probably most of the bitter cold winter later this year.
I hope this inspires you to create your own list. What are your thoughts on bucket lists? Let me know down below in the comments. 🙂