- Family and Parenting
Bucket Lists for Teens
You might be wondering why a teen should have a bucket list. Don't they have their whole lives ahead of them? Well, maybe not. And even if they do, a bucket list will serve as a wonderful road map to help teens accomplish their dreams. A bucket list for teens could be their goals actually written down somewhere. I have often heard the first step to accomplishing one's goals is to write them down, and the second one is to look at the list often. This also holds true with bucket lists. Often teens have the right idea of the perfect career for themselves. But once they talk to other adults including parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and well-meaning friends, they change their minds. Having a bucket list that includes career goals will help teens decide what they really want to do with their lives regarding their careers, travel, marriage, family, hobbies and life experiences.
Here's an example of what a teen's bucket list might look like:
Go to college to become a teacher
Work with Vista Volunteers to teach in inner-city areas to see if this is the type of job I want
Work with Teach for America
Learn Sign Language
Learn one other language other than English so I can communicate with more students
Take a trip to Paris because I want to see the Eiffel Tower
Drive cross country with Emma, Susan, and Katie the summer after high school
Take at least one cruise
Backpack across Europe with a group of friends
Take my kids to Disneyworld at least once
Learn how to water ski
Learn how to knit to blankets for the homeless, then find a group to donate the blankets to
Take a digital photography class to use when I travel
Publish a book of my travel photographs
Write at least one novel
Get married to a person that makes me so happy I don't want to be without him/her
Have at least two children
Home school my children through elementary school
Run 20 miles per week
Adopt a dog from a pound or Humane Society
Read the Bible at least once, cover to cover
Always be a volunteer whether it be through church or a community non-profit organization
Include my children in my volunteering experiences whenever possible
Unlike an adult's bucket list, which is usually made after they have reached adulthood and met some of the goals on here (education, marriage, etc.) a teen's bucket list encompasses many facets of their life. In writing them down, they have a guide map for what they want to accomplish in their lifetime. Although things can always be added, having this guideline from when they were young helps keep clear in their minds and hearts what they have wanted to accomplish from a young age.
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