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5 Things You Can Do To Bond With Your Daughter
How much do you bond with your daughter? It’s easy to just go from day to day, following the same routines and seeing each other over a quick dinner or car journey, but when was the last time you really spent some quality time with your little girl? We are talking about proper time, with no screens, no friends and no other siblings around.
It’s really important that you take the time to bond with your daughter. This will give her the space to talk if she needs to and keeps the lines of communication open between you. This is important at all ages, but especially for those entering or already in the middle of adolescence. If you have more than one child, it's also really important that you do this individually with each of your children at different times. What are some top ways you can bond with your daughter? Check out our five leading ideas.
What better way to bond with your daughter is there than a pamper day? Please don’t think that pamper days are reserved for mother-daughter time; there’s nothing wrong with a father-daughter pamper day, too! Whether you just do some face masks and nail painting at home or you go all out and book an actual spa day with treatments, turning off the screens and putting down your phone will open up the channels of communication and give you some serious, high-quality bonding time.
It’s as old as the hills, but there’s no easier way to bond with your daughter than to take her to the mall or just downtown for a bit of retail entertainment. If you can't make it to the stores, you could just try to shop online together. In fact, why not browse some of the trendy outfits at The Kid Experience? However you do it, remember that it’s important you let your daughter express her own preferences for some purchases. Try to slot in a lunch or a tasty cake break for some added one-on-one time together.
Sharing stories is such a vital part of both parenting and childhood that it really should be given more time and attention. Sharing reading time together is also a really great way to bond. Daughters entering their tweens or teens might also enjoy the chance to discuss the actions, thoughts and feelings of a character in a book than have a candid chat about their own feelings. In this way, books can be therapeutic as well as enjoyable, and when you share a story together, you share the experience.
Start by visiting a book shop and choose a book each. It’s likely you’ll opt for something different, but what's key here is that you will learn something about your daughter in her choice, and she will learn something about you from your choice. As they get older, reading to them seems pointless as they can read themselves, and chapter books take a lot longer than picture books, but it’s actually a really rewarding thing to do at any age. In fact, aim to do it once a week; simply turn the TV off for the evening and spend a couple of hours reading together.
If you just haven’t had the time to bond with your daughter for a while now or the relationship needs a bit of rebuilding, a city break weekend is the perfect answer. Leave the laundry, the sports clubs and the homework at home and dedicate a whole two days to having fun together. Whether it’s a city you know and love or a brand-new destination, you’ll be building memories, sharing experiences and hopefully discovering and relearning things about each other. If your daughter is more the outdoorsy type, why not go for a girls-only camp? Who says only the boys can start a fire and brave the great outdoors?
It's important to remember that you don’t always need to go anywhere or spend any money. Have a sleepover night, watch a film together, order some food and sleep in the same room. It's a cheap and easy way to bond that you can do as little or often as you please!
Whatever you do, make it special and be sure that you remove distractions such as phones and emails. You don't need to spoil her to bond with your daughter - the greatest gift you can give as a parent is time.