Are you the parent who is always playing "bad cop" to your spouse's "good cop"? You worry that all the disciplining is keeping you from building a close relationship with your kids.
Or maybe you're the fun parent – the one who horses around while the other parent gets things done. And while all the laughter is great, you wish your children would also see you as someone they could talk to about serious topics.
Or perhaps you had close connections with your children when they were younger, but as they grow, you find it harder to get past conversations about homework or chores. You'd love to find a way to connect with them on a more meaningful level.
Well, you can connect with your kids – whatever age they are – and build stronger bonds in ways that fit naturally with your busy family life. Using bucket lists as the backdrop.
In this course I cover:
Geared toward parents with children of all ages, this 12-lecture course, totaling 45 minutes of video, makes understanding and using bucket lists to build a more supportive and connected environment in your home not only do-able, but fun.
Starting with methods and practices for engaging one-on-one with kids at different stages, you will learn how to bring the conversation of life goals into everyday settings.
Using these skills and interactions you will move toward bringing the entire family together to share, to dream and to make plans for experiencing those things most important to you.
Finally, you will see how to make use of family traditions and celebrations to heighten the experiences you share surrounding bucket list pursuits, adding to the positive family dynamics you have been creating.
Complete with worksheets, family time ideas and other resources, you will come away from this course with updated bucket lists for every member of your family – and a shared family bucket list to help your family make the best use of the years you have together. You will have plans on your calendar for special "dates" and outings, and even new traditions.
Once you take this course, the bucket lists you have written will continue providing you new, meaningful ways for spending time together. And the bonds that you strengthen within your family through writing your lists will grow as you fulfill those lists in the months and years to come.
A brief greeting from Lara Krupicka, the Bonding Through Bucket Lists course instructor and a little bit about her background and experience with bucket lists.
The basics of how this course is set up and what the learning goals are for each section of the course.
What is a bucket list and the unique role it can play in bringing your family closer.
Learn how to use bucket lists/life dreams to tap into the imaginative world of preschool and early elementary kids and build a safe place in your relationship with them for talking about hopes and aspirations that will serve you throughout their childhood and beyond.
You'll discover how bucket lists can help your child in developing a sense of self and ways you can strengthen your relationship with them by being a part of the self-discovery process using bucket lists.
In this lecture you'll learn not only about how bucket lists open doors for conversation and ways for spending time together, but also some practical methods you can use to approach the topic with your teen or tween.
Become savvy about digital methods for bucket list keeping and some popular sites for teen bucket lists.
Learn how to create a fun family night around the topic of bucket lists. You'll end up with an effective plan for encouraging your crew to open up about their personal life dreams.
Here are instructions for holding your own family night (along with a deadline, to help you make progress right away).
Discover more about what a family bucket list is and ways to draw your family together and make your own list.
Learn how each relationship within a family offers its own unique bucket list goals and opportunities to bond and how thinking in these different groupings can help you overcome some common obstacles that arise in families wanting to live out life dreams together.
In this lecture Lara shares some keys to taking your bucket list dreaming to the next level - in ways that enhance your relationships and fit into the rhythms of everyday family life.
Follow the four steps outlined here and you'll have your next family bucket list adventure on the calendar!
Learn ways to make use of scientifically proven methods, plus ordinary family traditions to foster a home life that's mutually supportive of each family member's bucket list goals.
Reaching bucket list goals (which your family will be doing as you live out what you've been learning in this course) deserves a celebration! Learn how to create and seize on celebratory opportunities in your family in a manner that strengthens family ties along the way.
In this activity I give you three angles for planning out your own bucket list celebration.
A course wrap-up that gives you a vision of what family life will be like as you share the adventure of bucket list living.
Lara Krupicka is an internationally published parenting journalist and author who encourages parents to make the most of the years while raising their children by setting out of the adventures that matter most to them. Lara is best known for her Bucket List Life Manifesto and her books Family Bucket Lists and Bucket List Living For Moms.
Lara’s work has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The LA Times, San Diego Family, Family Australia Magazine, Calgary’s Child, and the Chicago Sun Times. She also serves on the executive board of the Redbud Writers Guild.
When she is not at her desk writing, Lara loves beautifying the world through crafts and sampling new food, skills, sports, and locales. Lara and her husband, Mike, are raising their three daughters in the western suburbs of Chicago.