3 of the Best Bonding Activities for Moms and Daughters
By America’s Nanny Michelle LaRowe – Moms are busier than ever managing their kids, career and home.
It can be hard to find the time and energy to nurture the mother-daughter relationship, but doing so must be a priority.
Even from the youngest age, establishing a weekly mommy and me time will benefit your relationship.
Young children crave the affection, attention and approval from their parents, and when they don’t get it, they will look for it somewhere else. As your daughter grows, knowing that you have some alone time scheduled together each week will help her know that she’s loved, important, appreciated and valued. While any activity provides an opportunity for bonding, having a time set aside for uninterrupted one-on-one time with your daughter will help reassure her that your relationship matters.
As you plan your mother-daughter time together, here are 3 activities that promote fun and bonding.
Have a Tea Party. Get dressed up and have a real or pretend tea party, depending on the age of your daughter. A tea party provides an opportunity to actively engage each other in conversation. If your daughter is in her toddler years or older, consider baking cookies for your party. Older girls may enjoy looking through recipe books, creating placeholders and helping to decorate the table.
Pamper Yourselves with Pedicures. What little girl doesn’t want pink sparkly toes? Take a timeout to pretty up those piggies together. Soak your feet in warm water and take turns painting each other nails. If you’re concerned about the toxicity of traditional nail polish, consider using Piggy Paint, a safe, non-smelling, non-toxic nail polish designed for children.
Enjoy a Nice Meal Out. Get all dolled up and head out to a nice lunch or dinner. In addition to providing an opportunity to reinforce good manners associated with restaurant behavior, when sharing a meal together conversation seems to naturally flow. Many fine dining restaurants have early bird specials and affordable kid’s menus. You may even find coupons in Entertainment Books or on the restaurant’s website.
As your daughter grows and experiences you taking time out for her on a regular basis, she’ll begin to understand that you’re trustworthy, reliable, available and committed to your special time with her. As she does, you’ll see these key components at play strengthening your mother-daughter bond.
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Michelle is an active member of the nanny community. She is the founder and president of Boston Area Nannies, Inc., a local non profit educational organization and has served on the International Nanny Association Board of Directors for the past five years. During that time she has also served as the associations 1st Vice President. Michelle is also a proud member of Christian Nannies.
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