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Mom’s Bucket List Jar Hack Is the Key to Addressing Kids’ Tough Requests During Quarantine

Working Mother logo Working Mother 4/10/2020 Maricar Santos

It gives them plenty to look forward to.

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In a Facebook comment, Katie said the activity at the top of her list was “Cuddle with Grandma.”

Facebook / Katie Eborall

A mom from England is going viral for her genius activity to keep kiddos hopeful during lockdown.

With daycares, schools and offices closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many families have been under the same roof 24-7 for weeks.

To beat cabin fever and lift up the spirits of her two youngsters, Katie Eborall started a “bucket list” jar in her house.

“Every time we wish we could do something, go somewhere, treat ourselves, see someone we love, visit a new place, invite people to visit us, we’re going to write it down on a Post-it Note and put it in a jar,” she wrote in Facebook post on March 24. “When this is all over, this will be our bucket list and we’ll work our way through the jar and be more grateful than ever for the little and lovely things in our lives. Until then, we’ll enjoy watching the jar fill up with magical things to look forward to.”

Included in the post was a pic of her son and daughter sitting at a table, huddled around the jar with blue sticky notes everywhere. Another pic had two sticky notes facing up—one that read, “Stay at Grandma’s house,” and the other that read, “Go and build a sandcastle on the beach.”

Katie’s post quickly made the rounds on the Internet, racking up almost 100,000 shares in a few days. Several moms in the comments section told her they’d be trying out the hack in their homes.

In a post on March 27, Katie thanked everyone who shared, embraced and supported her idea. “I never thought our little idea would travel so far and I’m so happy that it might be bringing a small amount of joy to a whole lot of people (particularly to children who don’t really know what’s going on, which was what inspired the whole thing in the first place).”


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