Learn More About Your Kids with a Bucket List

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I've never been a huge fan of the bucket list.

I mean, I’m all for dreaming and planning and setting goals, I just don’t like my due date to be the same as my expiration date. It seems morbid, and um, I don’t know, rushed somehow.

I decided, however, that I did want to take a moment to see what types of things my Dudes dream about when it comes to the rest of their lives.

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Where do they seem themselves in 20 years? What do they want to be when they grow up? What sorts of adventures await them when they close their eyes each night?

So, I asked them, and I think you should ask yours too!

5 Things I Learned About My Kids from Their Bucket Lists

1. They don’t want to worry about money. Like so many American families, financial struggles are a part of our everyday lives. We are fortunate to live a relatively secure lifestyle and our children are blessed in so many ways. They know that. But, they are also in tune to how not having money for a variety of luxuries affects us and they have no desire to be so constricted in their future lives. So, when I talk to them about budget and allowance and saving and setting aside money for charity and their futures, I bet they are gonna be listening so hard.

2. Basketball is better than football. And here I thought he was pining after a life in the NFL (note: he told me after that he will go with his back up and play for the San Francisco 49ers if he doesn't happen to grow to be over 6’3″).

3. They are mini daredevils. My 12 year old isn't even a huge fan of roller coasters yet he’s determined to throw himself from an airplane and disarm a bomb. Let’s see if we can conquer Space Mountain first, Dude!

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4. Their brotherhood is strong. It’s reassuring to hear because the way they bicker and tattle and fight and he-touched-my-arm-and-looked-at-me-and-I-can-feel-him-breathing-GET-HIM-AWAY all day, it’s hard to believe they aren't archenemies sometimes. Apparently that’s just a secret way of saying “I love you SO much right now I can’t stand it.”

5. They know the power of family. And they desire to have ones of their own one day. Having a wife and kids made both Dude 2’s and Dude 3’s lists. I’m sure Dude 1 wants that stuff too, but at nearly 13 saying so is just SO not cool.

What is on your kid's bucket list?

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Learn More About Your Kids with a Bucket List

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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