Your daughter is growing fast. I’m sure it only seems like yesterday that she was just a little girl. As a mother, it’s important to find new activities that the two of you can do together to continue to bond. Here are a few suggestions, but remember to keep her interests and personality in mind and don’t forget to ask her what she wants. Most of all, don’t forget to have fun!
1. Have a Spa Day
If your daughter is a “girly girl,” a spa day is a wonderful way for the two of you to bond. While you can choose to go to a local spa for a mani or pedi, you can also have a spa day at home. Whip up some cucumber water, put on the ocean sounds and bring out your nail polish and face masks. You two will have the opportunity to relax, catch up and pamper yourselves.
2. Pass on Your Knowledge
As a mother, you have a lot of wisdom you can pass along to your daughter. Try teaching her a fun skill that she’s been dying to learn. Do you cook a dish that she loves? Are you an expert sewer? Is your garden the talk of the town? Passing along these tips and tricks you’ve cultivated is a great way for you to bond.
3. Learn Something New
On the flip side, you and your daughter can try learning something new altogether. Is there an activity you’ve talked about, but never thought you’d do? Check out classes at your local community center or even look up instructions online. This is a great opportunity for the two of you to be on a level playing field, laughing and growing together.
4. Try a Sport
As a mother, you certainly want your child to be healthy. Since exercise is a key component of our overall well-being, try finding a form of exercise that you both enjoy and can do together. Take a yoga or fitness class. Go for a hike in your nearby great outdoors. Even try something new! As long as there isn’t too much pressure put on each other to perform or be the best, exercise can be a wonderful way to bond.
5. Volunteer Together
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Your teenage daughter is experiencing a phase of her life during which she is learning more about herself, her interests and her passions. One way that you can help her explore and cultivate these is by volunteering with her. Is there something she’s really interested in exploring? See if there’s a local opportunity to get involved in some way. This will show that you support her interests while also giving you positive feelings from helping others.
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