2021 is here, and as a family, it’s important that you get your priorities straight for this new year. With this year, it should be a year of hope for most of humanity since we’re just starting to recover from a global pandemic. So here are a few things that you can put on your ultimate bucket list to get started on the right track.
1. Get Vaccinated
Yes, you heard me. One of the best things that you could prioritize for 2021 is to get vaccinated for the Coronavirus disease. Thankfully enough, awesome scientists left and right have already come up with a few vaccines that could make us immune to this wretched illness. So this year, you should be thinking about having your whole family vaccinated as soon as it’s possible. The CDC says, of course, that they have to prioritize giving the vaccine to the elderly and medical front liners. But afterward, it’s your duty to ensure that each and every one of you are protected against the coronavirus. After all, who doesn’t want to be COVID-free?
2. Plant Vegetables in your Garden
This one is an easier goal and one that you can do right now (if you haven’t already) Planting is proven to be therapeutic and is a good way to spend time with your family. It’s also a bit productive since you’re pretty much growing your own food. It will teach your kids the importance of nature and sustainability, which are good values to teach in a world that’s going bonkers in the environmental aspect.
3. Engage in a Family Sport
Get your trusty running shoes ready and grab your favorite sweatbands because you should definitely go ahead try out a family sport! It could be anything from joining a neighborhood volleyball game or participating in a friendly dodgeball tournament. This will definitely teach your entire family the importance of teamwork, and it’s a great workout, too. Do keep in mind that you are welcome to try various sports, so don’t be afraid to toss off something that’s not enjoyable for you and your family.
Now, this is an adventure you must certainly have with your family. It’s one of the best milestones there is and it’s pretty amazing if you can experience this with your family for the first time. Stargazing is of course an activity you can do while camping. So gather up the old camping gear and rent out an RV. Venture into the wild and look for a safe place to be with your loved ones at least for a weekend. Surely, you can fit this into your busy schedule, right?
5. Go on an International Trip
This one is a major decision to make, one that involves plenty of planning. So I suggest you sit down with your partner and talk about going on an international trip. Chances are, even if you’re already an expert in domestic travel with kids, this might still be a bit difficult, so every bit of preparation is welcome.
Thankfully, by now you’ve already gotten your Coronavirus shot so it’s going to be easier for you to go out and see the world. Just still wear face masks for the time being, okay?
6. Invent a New Family Recipe
If you’re not the adventure type then you could still do something in the confines of your own home. One such activity is inventing a new family recipe with your kids. This could be something as easy as making a new ice cream flavor (that hopefully tastes good) or a 5-course menu complete with an aperitif and some soup. Pro tip: Dive right into online cookbooks if necessary and just tweak the ingredients out a bit to see what would work best for your family’s palate. And you can even make this into a cookout, too!
7. Volunteer for a Good Cause
Teaching your kids the value of helping others is a good way for them to learn about the world. It would give them, and even you guys, a better perspective on life and a better understanding of your impact on society. Make your days count by signing up to volunteer for a shelter or a feeding program near your home.
The Ultimate Bucketlist serves as a guide to get you started on better adventures for 2021 and the next years ahead. So don’t worry if you can’t do everything in one go, nobody can. Take your time to plan and think. And remember to have fun! That’s what it’s all about.