7 mother and daughter days out ideas
While the days with little kids can seem long, the years certainly whoosh by. One minute you’re holding your six-month-old, the next she’s turning six and then in no time at all she’s sixteen!
That’s why it’s so important to make the most of your time with your kids. Which can be easier said than done with life being so busy.
It’s well worth making the effort though. That one-to-one contact is so important for your relationship (even if your teenage daughter does act like she’d rather stay glued to her phone!) and keeps the two of you connected.
1. Let her be your personal stylist
Younger girls enjoy sharing time with you in your world, so get your daughter to help you sort your wardrobe and choose what needs to be packed away or rotated. Tidying your jewellery or make-up bag can be a welcome help too!
If you’ve got a teen, she’ll love the power of being your wardrobe advisor and telling you what looks good and what’s destined for the charity shop… just be prepared for her favourite things to be deemed ‘too young for you’ (and therefore end up in her wardrobe)!
2. Get crafty
From scrapbooking, to jewellery making, to knitting, it’s lovely to have a shared project. There's something so special about sharing a creative activity with your favourite person in the world!
There are so many different activities out there to choose from, and whether you've got lots of experience or are just starting out, you'll be able to find something that suits both your skill levels and interests.
Obviously what you do will depend on what you both enjoy and your daughter’s age. A four-year-old isn’t likely to enjoy making upholstery covers!
3. Mother and teenage daughter spa day
If you really want to make your girly day a pampering treat, how about a spa visit together?
A shared spa day is a great way to relax and rejuvenate - plus, it can also be a great bonding experience for the two of you. Whether you're getting massages, facials, or simply enjoying some quality mother and daughter time in the sauna, a day at the spa is sure to leave both of you feeling refreshed and reconnected.
Don’t have the budget? Don’t miss these ideas for a spa party at home.
4. Join a club
Finding a regular shared activity that you both enjoy is a great way of carving out time together.
It can be art, tennis, yoga or whatever else you fancy, just as long as it’s something you do together. The important thing is that you're both interested in it and committed to attending regularly. Doing this will help you to carve out some valuable time together while also getting out of the house and meeting new people. The two of you can turn this activity into an exciting, shared adventure!
5. Have a girls’ day out
Banish the boys and schedule a girls-only adventure! This could be shopping and lunch (if your credit card can stand it!), a trip to a museum or an art gallery, or a hike through the woods. Whatever you do, take some time to talk and really connect with your daughter. These moments are everlasting and truly precious - you will remember them for years to come!
6. Your very own bake-off
It can be lovely to spend an afternoon cooking together and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labours when you’re done.
There's something special about being able to share the experience of preparing a meal or treat and then enjoy it together. So, if you're looking for a fun activity to do with your daughter, give cooking or baking a try.
7. Watch a chick flick
There's nothing like snuggling up with your daughter to watch a chick flick. A movie night for just the two of you is a lovely treat. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to talk about the characters and their relationships and better understand your daughter’s vision of life. If she’s younger, you could snuggle up and watch The Princess Diaries or The Little Mermaid and if you’re looking for a classic, you can never go wrong with The Notebook.
P.S. - Don’t forget the popcorn!
More tips on mother and daughter days out
1. ‘Boys’ stuff’ isn’t just for boys. It’s not fair to assume that all boys and all girls behave in one set way so you might find some of the ideas we’ve offered for quality time with your son work well with your daughter.
2. You’re still mum. Even teenage girls, whilst they deserve a bit of honesty, still need mum to be a figure of authority. So whilst it’s great to be a friend to your daughter, remember you can’t always share the kinds of things with her that you would share with friends your own age.
How do you carve out quality time with your daughter?