Bucket List For Parents: ‘Before They Leave Me’ Lists

I recently presented to a group of Moms of High School seniors. And we spoke about how to take advantage of the last few months before their child leaves for college. I wanted to write an article about “Bucket Lists for Parents” because I think this is actually a great thing for parents of all kids to do. So they can take advantage of the time before their kids leave for college.


A Bucket List for Parents is when Mom and Dad (and teen) make a list of all the things they want to do together before turning 18. Here are some ideas:

Bucket Lists for Parents:

Go river rafting

Take a trip to visit family member who lives far away

Do father-daughter or mother-son trip

Volunteer at local hospital

Make a family video history online

Clean out the garage

Organize the photo albums

Bury a time capsule

Build a space balloon

Model airplane

Invent a family cookie recipe

Go camping

Road trip to the closest state park

Go to a baseball game together

Make a life bucket list

Make homemade pizza from scratch


You can do anything you want! The idea is to build memories, get to know each other and get some great teachable moments. What would you add to your Parent Bucket List?

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