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You Only Get 18 Summers – 18 Summers Wishlist

You Only Get 18 Summers - 18 Summers Wishlist


I don’t know about you, but when I was younger, especially in my teenage years, I couldn’t wait to be older. I used to wish my life away.

You will no doubt have heard some variation of the phrase ‘Enjoy them while you can before they grow up.’

Since having children and becoming a parent myself, I have found that the years seem to be flying by. If doesn’t seem 5 minutes ago I was 18 and giving birth to my eldest son. Who, this year, will be 16!

It’s scary to think that you only 18 summers with your child before they potentially ‘fly the nest’.

I have been asked to join in ’18 Summers Wish List.’ 


You Only Get 18 Summers - 18 Summers Wishlist

The ’18 Summers Wish List’ is a list of experiences, holidays, activities or just promises that you wish to have and make with your child before they fly the nest!

Considering my eldest son is 15, I only have 3 Summers left with him. Which kind of makes me sad, but then I remember the memories we have made and lessons we have learnt.

My other sons are 12, 7, 5 and 3. So I have plenty of Summers left.

So here is my 18 Summers Wish List for my family…

To Make Memories

I would love to make many magical and unforgettable memories with my boys. I would love for them to be able to look back on their childhood in future years and smile at their memories.

To Spend Quality Time Together

I want to make sure that I spend quality time with each of my boys individually as well as together as a family. Making sure I have that balance, so that they know that I value them and their time.

Let Them Be A Child

I want my boys to be a child, not to force them to grow up too fast.

Teach You To Enjoy Life

I want to teach my boys that you only get one life and it’s there to be enjoyed.

Learn To Take Responsibility

I want to teach my boys that they need to make good choices for themselves and to take responsibility of themselves and their choices and actions.

Learn To Be Proud Of Yourself

I would love to teach my boys to make themselves proud of who they are. To embrace themselves and not to be scared to be different.

Teach Them To Respect Others

Being a Mum of 5 boys, I feel extremely responsible to raise the men of the future. Therefore, I want to teach my boys that everyone should be treated as equals and other peoples beliefs, opinions and differences should be respected.


Teach Valuable Life Skills

I want to teach my boys valuable life skills such as manners, how to socialise, organisation and time management , how to cook, how to manage money etc

I know that all of my 18 Summers Wish List is lessons, but I feel that by giving my boys the life lessons and skills other opportunities will fall into place.

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  1. June 23, 2018 / 6:38 am

    Oh yes, time goes by way to fast! Happy weekend! Hope you like to stop by my Fancy Friday linkup party!

  2. June 24, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    This is a lovely post. It’s scary in a way to think of it as 18 summers, that seems so short! I love making the most of every moment of the summer holiday though, I really miss them when school starts again. Thanks for sharing with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

  3. mummy here and there
    June 25, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    Lovely thoughts and ideas to enjoy the summer X #familyfunlinky

  4. June 25, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    18 summers! That is nothing! I have a 10 and a 7 year old, and yes, they were born 1 minute ago, each. Oy! 18 Summers. Your list is beautiful and I aspire to do as much too! #FabFridayPost xoxo

  5. June 28, 2018 / 10:30 am

    It is pretty sad when you look at it that way – only 18 summers. My eldest is 12 and already loves doing her own thing. I realise how quickly time is passing and there is still so much I would love to do. #FabFridayPost

  6. June 28, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Sounds like they have a wise woman in their corner to me. Also I think you will have inadvertently improved many a family summer this year with this food for thought/wake up call post #FabFridayPost

  7. June 28, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    We try to loads of fun things, this summer has been excellent and I’m already looking forward to next. It’s scary when you think you only have few to spend as a family #bloggersbest

  8. June 29, 2018 / 10:33 am

    It is so scary when you think there is only 18 summers with our kids!! I love your wishes, so true and heartfelt! We need to savour every moment whilst we can!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!
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  9. June 29, 2018 / 11:48 am

    that is a sad thing to think about but it also makes me think about how I can make those 18 summers memorable for all us. I’d rather have beautiful memories than to have a bunch of stuff because stuff doesn’t usually hold special places in our hearts like people do. #BlogCrush

  10. Annette, 3 Little Buttons
    June 29, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    OOhhh my heart just did a flip – because I have never actually thought about how many summers we will have when they are little. Definitely making memories and trying to enjoy every second is high up on things to do. I better get planning! #BlogCrush xx

  11. Mother of 3
    June 29, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Oh yes I never understood the saying “the days are long but the years are short” until I had kids. My youngest is 10 and my oldest is 14 and I cherish each summer I have had with them. We try to make the most of each day (all year). Such a wonderful list. #blogCrush

  12. July 5, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    I’d never thought about it like that but it’s true – & could be less. I stopped going on holiday with my parents when I was about 15! #bloggersbest

  13. July 5, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    It is a very sobering thought when you reflect that we have asuch a short time with our children at home but then as you say, if you have younger kids, you actually have an extended period overall and I also hope that once mine have grown we will continue to visit one another and make more memories! It sounds as if you have chosen really important principles to instil in your boys, thaks for sharing with us on #blogcrush

  14. July 6, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Funny enough, I was just thinking about this the other day too. But then people say I don’t need to fill the days for them. But in actually fact, I do! lol! The paradox. xx

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