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What Will Be Your 50 Things To Try With Your Kids In 2013?

bucket list treeInstead of resolving to change things, we’re going to resolve to try things. Our family is setting goals.

Instead of trying to change what’s bad, we’ll focus on enhancing the good in our life. A few of my friends have acted as inspiration for this new year’s idea.

Shannon Hilton has a Bucket List Tree in her kitchen. Shannon buys in to the theory of Laws of Attraction, and keeps a Vision Board. She feels that putting positive goals in the forefront keeps everyone on track.

“We accomplished 14/16 of the things we wanted to in 2012,” says Shannon. “We missed out on Mike’s Brewery Tour that we wanted to do, and I didn’t lose the 20lbs I wanted to lose (ugh). Those things will remain on the tree, along with the bigger things, like ‘Go to an American Girl Doll Store’, ‘Go to New York’, ‘Buy a 4 Bedroom House’ – things that we want to do, but don’t have to be right away.”

Shannon has added a Grateful Jar to the routine this year. It will be a Mason Jar with strips of paper where the family can express gratitude. Then, as the calendar flips to 2014, it will be a positive item to promote reflection on the past year.

Graeme McRanor makes beautiful videos documenting his son’s life. Half way through last year he discovered a list of 50 things you should do with your kids. Some of the lists are 100, others are 25, the number doesn’t matter to Graeme, the doing little things worth celebrating was the focus.

“The point is to get out and do stuff,” he says. “So we decided to make our own list of 50 Things we could do with my son London.”

“The list is really just a symbol: a daily reminder about the value of presence and how important it is to make the most out of every moment we spend with London (we only have him half the week).”

Graeme and London cranked through the first 50 with ease. And then made a new list, and kept going. His video is quite the inspiration.

So we’re going to take those ideas and come up with a list of things we want to do in 2013 – a positive twist on the New Year’s Resolution thing that kids can understand. It will be a way for our whole family to set achievable goals and then celebrate them when reached.


  • Skate Without Help 1 of 16
    Skate Without Help
    He's just starting to skate again, and learning to like it. The chance to do it on his own is a goal for this year.
    Zacharie, 5

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • Learn To Read 2 of 16
    Learn To Read
    He can make up words when flipping through picture books with his brother, but actually reading the words is a goal.
    Zacharie, 5

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • Ride Without Training Wheels 3 of 16
    Ride Without Training Wheels
    This should have happened a couple of years ago, but he's determined to make it happen this year.
    Zacharie, 5

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • Learn Karate 4 of 16
    Learn Karate
    He loves Kung Fu Panda and wants to say Hi Ya! on his own.
    Zacharie, 5

    Image via Happy Batatinha
  • Succeed At School 5 of 16
    Succeed At School
    He's finally going to school and looking forward to making big strides.
    Charlie, 3

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • Pee On The Potty 6 of 16
    Pee On The Potty
    It's about time this happened.
    Charlie, 3

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • Learn To Swim 7 of 16
    Learn To Swim
    First time for lessons this year!
    Charlie, 3

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • Do Three 10k Runs 8 of 16
    Do Three 10k Runs
    With a half marathon in the books, Jen is just fine doing some 10k runs this year.
    Jennifer

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • See Oprah 9 of 16
    See Oprah
    Okay, this is cheating. Oprah is doing a live show here in 3 weeks and Jen has tickets. It's the next best thing to seeing the show in Chicago.
    Jennifer

    Image via Emily Rides
  • Get Some Renovations Done 10 of 16
    Get Some Renovations Done
    There is some work to be done. Will it get done this year?
    Jennifer

    Image via dvs
  • Change My Last Diaper 11 of 16
    Change My Last Diaper
    See Charlie's goal above.
    Jennifer

    Image via Sommer Poquette
  • Drop 40 12 of 16
    Drop 40
    I'm large and I don't like it.
    Buzz

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • Camp With Both Boys 13 of 16
    Camp With Both Boys
    I've camped with just one, this year it's all boys' weekend time.
    Buzz

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • Free My Mind 14 of 16
    Free My Mind
    Yoga really calms me. I'm looking forward to achieving some inner peace this year. Classes start next week.
    Buzz

    Image via Tomas Sobek
  • Get My Bed Back 15 of 16
    Get My Bed Back
    We bought a king bed last month. Instead of more room for me, it's more room to fit the boys.
    Buzz

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.
  • Break 2 Hours In A Half Marathon 16 of 16
    Break 2 Hours In A Half Marathon
    I'm looking forward to racing the Edinburgh Half Marathon this May with Team Diabetes.
    Buzz

    Image via Buzz Bishop. No Use Without Permission.

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