7 Lasting Spring Traditions to Make your Family Thrive

Are your family members going in completely opposite directions for spring activities like the bi-polar weather of Colorado?! Here are 7 family traditions for the Spring Season to recalibrate with common experiences and shared memories. Quick and simple traditions as well as more detailed. Use as suggested or exercise them as mental springboards for your own original adventures!

1. Feed the wild birds = your own private aviary!

We made our first serious visit to Wild Birds Unlimited last Spring and we have been fans ever since! The beauty of Wild Birds stores is the staff’s birding knowledge, and the breadth of seed selection and related equipment. WBU’s goal is to transform your yard into a refuge for wild birds you’d never coax into your yard with generic bird seed.

Regardless of season, we now enjoy regular visits from birds we had never seen at our house before visiting WB. When I saw my first golden finch last Spring, I took a double-take: Was that a lost pet parakeet?! Heck, I didn’t know such a golden yellow bird was native to Colorado! So fun. We see them almost everyday now and enjoy feeling like we have an atrium right out our dining room window.

Additional Perks when visiting your local Wild Bird Unlimited include:

  • With any purchase, you receive a complimentary Wild Birds Poster to aide in the bird identification process. GREAT TOOL for Elementary Ages!
  • They also have die-hard anti-squirrel birdseed and hard feeder attachments to keep those antic-desperate rodents from stealing the seed treats you intend for the birds
  • Membership discounts
  • Bird Talk Passports–attend guest speakers events additional discounts. Our local store hosts Raptor and Alpaca visits and we earn 5% coupon once we’ve attended 10 talks
  • Community birding events such as the Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival are shared here. Sponsored Events include 20 Seasoned Speakers and/or Field Trip Leaders. These guest speakers range from professional animal photographers to Wildlife Professors, long-time bird enthusiasts and the Mile High Bug Club! Kids are welcome to attend. Registration is required by April 30th to prevent birding hikes and walks from becoming overly crowded.

Not living in Colorado Springs? Here’s the Wild Bird Unlimited Store Directory. Each location is individually owned so you can check local events and perks.

2. Establish a Library Prep Day for Summer Fun Freebies

I’ve written about this before, but it’s worth repeating: become besties with your local library! Many libraries today offer FREE ENTRY PASSES you can check out for cultural centers or state parks. Identify a set date when you’ll do this each Spring (like the weekend after Spring Break) to beat the rush and get your name on the wait list asap = you can enjoy these benefits in the summer or sooner. Sometimes these wait lists are long, other times they’re hidden gems few patrons are using.

Additionally, this is a great time to also research topics or destinations you’d like to explore in the summer. Save time by searching for books ahead of time on your libraries website, request holds on books of interest and wait until they arrive at your requested branch. Now you’re in and out just like grocery pick-up 🙂

3. Declutter, Organize & Donate Together

Teaching is key! Organizing isn’t natural to all . . .

Do you want summer time with your kids home from school to be overshadowed by riding them about keeping rooms clean or common spaces clear?

Declutter your sweet home now when the days ebb and flow between cold and warm. Then when June and July arrive your not nagging your kids about cleaning up an over abundance of toys or clothes all day. Less IS more. Choose spaces to work on together or in pairs.

STORY TIME: For a good part of the school year, my eight-year old daughter’s room has been a big area of strain on our relationship. Clothes on the floor. Toys on any flat surface. While we’d gone through her clothes in the Fall, it was time to do another purge session AND I realized I wasn’t setting her up for success with her clothes dresser and toys. I needed to be a little more teacher-y: label the drawers. Rather than just nag her for the 100th time about which drawer was for t-shirts and shorts.

The result has been so great. She can independently clean up her room now without me standing over her. Declutter? Check. Teach organization, instead of expecting it to come naturally? Check.

I know decluttering and minimalism is popular today. For good reason: every item in your house calls out to you with a silent to-do list (Props to Minimal Mom)–dust me, wash me, read me etc.; but may I encourage you to research different declutter gurus and listen to their videos while you start decluttering. It motivates you to keep going, whether you’re a packrat like me or not, and those podcasts or video will give you tips for working through items that may be harder to evaluate to keep or donate.

Declutter Resources

All that said, these are my favorite de-clutter gurus who have motivated and empowered me to say good-bye to items in my house and heart:

  • Aly Cazassa’s “Declutter like a Mother“–Sassy Aly even addresses how to work with different personalities in your kids to motivate them to sing the Elsa song and “Let it go”! For example, for more empathetic kids compassionate giving away to those less fortunate in homeless shelters or domestic violence safehouses can be a effective. While financial incentives to resell items or parental monetary reward to declutter can be empowering for other kids.
  • Dawn from Minimal Mom my favorite videos include her “Just in Case Items” and the “Silent To-do List”
  • The KonMari Method & Her book “The Life-Changing Power of Tidying Up” -Mari is definitely an all or none approach for Decluttering. While life circumstances don’t feel like I can 100% fully implement her teaching, there were a lot of tips for decluttering that were very helpful.

Again, Aly and Dawn’s approach is more “do what you can little by little”, the KonMari is much more die hard in attack. I’ve found tips in both of these mindsets very help; so while they are opposite in approach to de-cluttering both philosophies are empowering. Remember your life circumstances are different than the lady down the street from you who has time to alphabetize her spice shelf.

Start with a small goal, like cleaning out one drawer a day, if declutter a room feels too overwhelming. 😘

4. Up your game for celebrating Easter

Does life’s to-do-list push you to gloss over Easter’s victory with little more than an Easter egg hunt and quick trip to church? What if you could create anticipation for Easter in a richer way like Christmas? Movies you look forward watching. Meals you make. Decor you create with your kids and display. Check out my post How to Celebration Easter as a Christian Family and Surprising Easter Relevant-Movies with FREE Discussion Guide.

5. Spice up daily routines or declutter the hurry

We are creatures of habit are we not? Springs weekdays have probably settled into some type of rhythm. Freshen up routines that have become mundane! OR it might be time to consider cutting an activity out if your family is running ragged–decluttering isn’t just about STUFF. It’s about your time.

For routines you keep, here’s some ideas for a little extra pizazz:

  • Tryout a new snack routine such as school snacks by common consonances:
    • Monday Muffins/Milky Ways/Milkshakes/Mug Cakes
    • Tuesday Taquitos/TwixBars/Tortilla Chips and Salsa
  • Make Carpool pick-up Fun with Trivia Quiz Time or chances to call distant relatives or friends
  • Finish homework in different environment by sitting on your back porch, camping out at a local library or coffee shop once a week
  • Find some new tunes, audiobooks or podcasts to listen to in the car
  • Create your own “jock-jams” playlist you always listen to on your way to weekend soccer games or other kid’s events
  • Read Kids and Technology: 5 Positive Ways to use Screen Time as a Family
  • Grab some one-on-one time with your child doing something you’ve never done together but keep telling yourself “some day”: painting pottery, lazertag, penny arcade, candle-making workshops, exploring a new trail/park, local coffee shop, a different area of town, new library branch location, new recipe–

4. Pet Adoption Time or Humane Society Volunteering & Donating!

We just added our first furry family member last spring. He has been such a fun addition! Do your research on desired breed or mixes, puppy vs. older dog, shelter adoption vs. breed purchase. The Ultimate Dog Adoption Guide provides a thorough read on these questions and much more.

We adopted our Cavapoo through Premier Pups and their customer service has been excellent. Their platform provides:

  • Lengthy clips of each puppy to better assess their personalities and make final selections
  • In-depth vet examinations before transport with money back guarantee should a major issue be discovered
  • Complimentary 24/7 puppy support line
  • Clear and safe transport process if required
  • Many optional add-ons like micro-chip insertion, extra in-depth blood analysis, puppy food starter kit and pet insurance
  • FREE video and online resources to troubleshot health, behavior or obedience training questions

We especially appreciated the intro videos to prep our kids for the needed rest/play schedule our little guy would require. Merlin was only 8 weeks old when brought him home!

If you’re not ready for a dog or cat full-time, consider pet sitting, foster-petting or volunteering at your local Humane Society. My brother fostered and it gave him a better feel for the size and temperament he wanted for future his dog. Additionally, fostering can give family members a stronger understanding of the responsibilities of being a pet owner.

PRO DECLUTTER TIP: Humane Society’s also love blanket or sheet donations to make their furry friends feel a little more at home. Donate your bedding!!😁

All Creators GREAT and small 🐰🦎🦔🐀🐠

Lastly, if kids are itchy for a dog or cat, but you’re not, consider smaller pets. My first pet was a albino gerbil I brought home from our 3rd grade class’s pet litter. When we moved across town two years later, Snowball was my “therapy dog” during my hard time adjusting to a new school. Our pet experience included budgies aka parakeets, beta fish, and gecko lizards. Hedgehogs anyone?! It’s a real option!

5. Garden Box Prep and Research

When we knew our 3rd kiddo would be arriving in the Spring, we built our first elevated garden box. Start small. Plant an herb garden or a favorite fruit/veggie that most of your family enjoys eating in abundance! Quality soil is key. Let me say that again. QUALITY SOIL IS KEY. Visit your local nursey. Staff here typically provide better insider info on how to make your little farmland thrive.

This past summer we planted chocolate sprinkle cherry tomato seedlings. Two months later we giving away tomatoes we had so many! Our side yard became an enormous tomato forest. Our kids also enjoyed learning to identify ripe tomatoes and being responsible for water the garden each day.

So let me summarize again . . . If you’ve never gardened in COLORADO, here my tips:

  1. Start small. Don’t plant 10 different veggies or herbs to start unless you live where the soil is naturally rich and humidity prevalent. Colorado has neither of these! Set yourself up for success by learning and researching ideal gardening approaches for your area.
  2. Visit your LOCAL nursery. Staff at mom and pop shops usually know gardening tips for your area way better than any Lowe’s or Home Depot staff.
  3. Learn where to acquire the best soil–don’t go with the cheap stuff. Soil is the foundation to your garden “house”. Two years ago, we didn’t refresh our soil base, we figured we were good since we had paid for nice truckload of dirt to fill the whole box only the year before. However, last year we did re-fresh the soil with two news bags of soil mixed into the base soil. Holy cow! Our tomato plants practically turned into trees! Our garden the year before was way less impressive.
  4. Pick plants you like and your kids are interested in observing. Maybe a veggie garden isn’t your thing but you love flowers? Give your kids an opportunity to pick out a flower tray or seeds they find intriguing.

6. Tadpoles, Butterflies and Ants–OH my!

Has the year been filled with set-backs and readjustments of goals? A visual reminder of life growing is healing ointment to our weary hearts. Watching a little creature grow and grove is just what the doctor ordered!

In the last years, we have ordered caterpillar to butterfly kits from Naturegifts.com. This Spring we’re trying out one of their other options: TADPOLES! I’ll update you on how it goes. I’m a little perplexed that we really only get ONE little guy–you can pay extra for a second; the butterfly kit had at least 5-7 caterpillars . . .However, the tadpole kit does include a terrarium, water treatment solution, plastic plant, tadpole food and of course your own personal tadpole.

7. Make a Time Capsule during the Last Week of School or the First Week of Summer

Are there certain accomplishments, art work, essays or teachers you and your kids don’t want to forget? Consider creating a Dropbox folder for photos of physical mementoes you may not have the space to keep. Or creating a memory book on Shutterfly. Especially as your kids get older, give them the reigns to corporately create the book. Remember the purpose of these Spring tradition is NOT to add more to the mom-to-do-all-by-herself list. Assign each child to contribute 3-5 pages. Topics could include:

  • Surveys of best and worst moments of extra curriculars
  • Best Essays or Artwork
  • Best Friend Memories
  • Family Vacations from the Year
  • Favorite Lunch Items
  • Most Quotable Teacher
  • Each Child’s Favorite movie, song, after school snack, outfit etc.

Happy Tradition Trail Building!

Spring. Such a welcome season especially if Winter has been extra long and cold. Breathe it in and relish the changing weather as bi-polar as it might be.

My goal is to equip and encourage you dear friend. Not to make your to-do list longer! If you don’t have any solid Spring Traditions start with one or two-not 5 or 10. 😁 Feed the birds and enjoy a little more life outside your window. Or bulk up your Easter celebration. Declutter. Or just switch up that routine a little so your kids see a different side of you. 🤯🤯🤯

Which tradition are willing to test out? Have other Spring Traditions you love?

Drop me an email or comment below . . . let’s keep trekking this parent path together! Hiking alone isn’t safe or good for the soul.

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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