Since my daughter started school this year, I’ve found that our one on one time together has been cut dramatically. She is on an aggressive schedule, so our once daily “dates” have been at a stand still. As a mother to an 18 year old, I know all too well how quickly these years pass by. Because of this, I have been determined to find new ways to spend some one on one time together. My hope is that our time together will create a bond that my daughter will cherish, but also one that will survive those dreaded and inevitable teenage years.
These are just a few of my go-to mother daughter bonding activities that are not only fun, but memorable and affordable too!
This doesn’t mean you need to go to an expensive spa to enjoy some quality R&R time with your girl. Do a quick google search for local, affordable nail salons. Typically a manicure will run you about $10-15 each. Another option that is more affordable is to do a spa day at home, which can actually be more fun than going out! Put a mask on and do each others nails while talking about anything and everything under the sun right there in the comfort of your own home. Take a selfie or two to document the day. I promise, you’ll look back on the photos with fond memories of a day spent together.
My daughter just LOVES to sing and dance. It’s something I hope she never grows out of. I can’t tell you how many times I walk into her room, or any room that is, and she is singing and dancing away. Sometimes I’ll pull out my camera and snap a few pictures or maybe even record a little video. Other times I get my butt into full swing and join in on all the fun. She absolutely loves it and I hope she will always remember that her mom was never too cool to “shake it off” with her.
GO FOR WALKS
Probably my favorite bonding activities is to go for walks with my daughter. I’ve always enjoyed a nice brisk morning walk, but having her with me makes it so much better! Every weekend we put on our favorite workout gear and take a walk to a nearby track together. I love chit chatting with my daughter while we walk – I can’t believe I never realized how mature she is getting in terms of conversation until we started these walks together.
I’ve noticed another outlet that my daughter really enjoys is getting crafty. Whether its drawing colorful photos, making pretty necklaces or creating beautiful crafts out of scrapes from our “everything bin”, she could get lost in her creativity for hours. She especially loves when I get involved, either helping her with her project or creating my own right there next to her. I love how her face lights up by simply taking the time to join her.
This one is probably one of the hardest things for me. Maybe because I’m a control freak, maybe because I’m a type A personality. Although its my least favorite way to bond with my daughter, I know that she loves it, so I really try to enjoy it, nonetheless. So what if the kitchen gets a little messier than usual or if the cookies aren’t the right size? At the end of the day we’ve not only made delicious treats together, but great memories as well!
What kinds of activities do you participate in to build a bond with your daughter?