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Feeling nostalgic for those simple, fun, free-wheeling summer days of your childhood? Challenge your family to savor the season and unplug more this summer. Be sure to grab your copy of my summer bucket list ideas printable poster.
When I was growing up, summer felt like one big play date.
We rode our bikes through the neighborhood, up and down the hill dozens of times a day, until our legs felt like jelly. We explored in the woods behind our houses, building forts and digging for treasures. We played softball and kickball in the cul-de-sac and pick-up basketball in my friend’s driveway. We turned our backyard treehouse into a clubhouse, acting out stories from our favorite books and movies.
I always always wished for the kind of epic summertime adventure the kids had in “Goonies” or “Stand by Me.”
And I wish that for my 11-year-old son, too — minus the run-ins with bad guys and dead bodies. But the adventuring with friends, I’m all for that!
I want to give my kid the freedom to enjoy the kind of unplugged summer I had growing up. But I also want to know that he’s safe and reachable when he’s out adventuring.
I have that peace of mind with Relay, a smart walkie talkie 4G LTE coverage that lets me talk to Jackson while he’s out exploring or scootering to his pal’s house at the other end of the neighborhood.
Relay works like an old-school walkie talkie — just push the button and you’re connected, good buddy!
But since Relay connects via 4G and wifi (when connected to a recognized network), it’s so much more reliable. Parents can also track their kid’s location using the companion Relay app on their phone. For us, Relay, at $6.99 per month, is a more affordable and better option than giving our tween a cell phone.
I can check in when I want to, and he can keep me posted about his playtime. But there’s no screen to tempt him.
We’re all so plugged in these days, and we’re trying to be really deliberate this summer about not vegging out with our screens.
Every night after dinner, when it cools down a bit, we head outside for a little friendly competition.
Cornhole, badminton, foursquare and driveway basketball are a few of our favorites.
This kid does not go easy on his parents!
Sometimes, my son and I hit the court for a little HORSE. We always have the best conversations while we’re playing. Something about shooting hoops and that focused one-on-one time helps him open up.
While I’m not ready to give up my screens or technology completely, I know from personal experience that there are a lot of benefits to unplugging. And summertime is the perfect time to put down the phone, turn off the TV and connect with the people in your life and with the world around you.
Summer Bucket List Ideas
We’re working on some family unplugged summer bucket list ideas.
I made this free summer bucket list ideas printable to remind our family to unplug often.
I couldn’t fit all the unplugged summer bucket list ideas onto the poster, so here are a few more you might like to try:
- Go ziplining
- Catch fireflies in mason jars
- Go on a treasure hunt
- Try archery
- Play Red Rover
- Go letterboxing
- Make s’mores
- Take a nature walk
- Run in the sprinklers
- Play dodgeball
- Grill hotdogs over an open flame
- Go see fireworks together
- Play Simon Says
- Have a water balloon fight
- Play paintball
- Plant a garden together
- Build a fort in the woods
- Climb a tree
- Compete in a family olympics tournament
- Have a water hose fight
- Go kayaking
What summer bucket list ideas are you looking forward to with your family?