During quarantine, you probably spend more time with your children than you’ve ever had in your life. But is it always some good one-on-one quality time, or is it more something like “you go play while I do my work” kinda time?
Having occasional mother-daughter, or mother-son date is a great way to make sure you spend quality time with them, you bond, and you make lasting memories.
Since a lot of places are closed right now, the list of things to do might be a little shorter, but there are still plenty of fun things to do even in quarantine!
If you have any questions or need more information how to protect yourself and your family during COVID-19 outbreak, check out CDC website.
but first here are the 10 most important reasons why you should spend time with your child
BUILDS YOUR CHILDREN’S SELF ESTEEM
Children who spend time with their parents are building their sense of self-worth. Kids see their parents love them, value them and respect them. This builds child’s self esteem. Show your kids how smart, funny, and beautiful they are every chance you get!
MAKES THEM FEEL LOVED AND IMPORTANT
This one goes with the first reason. Spending time with your babies lets them know they are loved and they are important to you. Every person in the world wants to be loved. We thrive when we are loved. Hug your children often, kiss them on the cheek, cuddle with them and tell them you love them. It’s the little things that make the biggest impact.
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MODELS GOOD BEHAVIOR
When you spend time with your child, your child is watching you. He/she is watching how you behave, talk, what you eat and what you do…just so he/she can be like you! Daughters want to be just like their mama, sons want to be like their dad.
Influence your child’s behavior by showing your child the good way of doing things! Act gracefully, talk nice, eat healthy meals, be kind to others and show your child that he/she can be like that too. Remember, how can you want your child to be good, eat veggies and be nice, if you are not all that?
There is a song by Rodney Atkins called “Watching You” that sums it up pretty well!
MAKES STRONGER FAMILY BOND
Spending time with your daughter strengthens the bond between you and her. Remember, you are your daughter’s first best friend. Spending time with her nurtures the bond between you two and builds trust.
Remember fun memories, family game nights, manicure just you and your mom…those are awesome memories you will cherish forever, huh? Give the same memories to your daughter! Take her out, play some games, color together or play dress up and let her wear your dress. Create memories she will remember for the rest of her life.
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Being together, just you and your baby girl, can help reduce stress for both of you. You can support each other, talk to each other about your worries, what stresses you or makes you scared. The more time you spend with your daughter, the more open she will be with you. She will trust you and tell you things that worry her, make her scared or sad. Let your daughter know you are there for her and she is not alone. Being with your child feels so calming and soothing, doesn’t it?
CREATES ENVIRONMENT FOR OPEN COMMUNICATION
When you spend time with your daughter, you build trust and you create an environment where she can communicate with you openly. It’s important to start with bonding with your child when she is little, that way when she enters those awkward teenage years, she will feel safe with you and she will come to you when she needs to talk to someone. It’s the best feeling in the world, knowing you are the one your child will come to. Create this safe environment while they are small, and nurture this relationship year after year.Shop Related Products
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HELPS YOUR CHILD’S ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
While you are with your daughter, chances are you will help her with her homework, prepare for test and finish a project. Supporting and helping your daughter academically will improve her grades, and helps her like school. When kids have good experiences with learning, tests and school in general, they are more likely to be successful later on as well.
Homeschooling gives your kids a chance to learn in the loving and nurturing environment. I can’t think of a better teacher for your daughter than you! Remember, there are some great teachers out there, but nobody will ever teach your daughter with so much love and patience like you!
IT TEACHES YOU MORE ABOUT YOUR CHILD
Want to learn more about your daughter? Do you want to know what her favorite color is, what she likes for breakfast or whether she likes to bake? Spend time with her! Being there, give your child some undivided attention and being observant are the best ways to learn more about your child. Watch her dancing, being silly or tell funny jokes. Is she a good singer, swimmer or does she like to play on piano? You don’t know until you pend time with her and watch her do those things!
SETS STRONG FOUNDATION FOR YOUR CHILD’S LIFE
All these reasons combined come to the last, very important reason why you should do mother daughter date nights. It sets foundation for your child’s life!
Now let’s explore some mother daughter date ideas!
Fun mother daughter date ideas
HAVE A DANCE PARTY
Girls of preschool age love to be silly and dance to fun songs. I used to do dance parties at preschool, and kids always loved them. Turn on fun music, dim the lights, laugh and dance the silliest dance you can think of!
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READ A BOOK TOGETHER
Reading books together is completely different experience, much more fun, than reading book by yourself. You can take turns and read a page at the time. Don’t worry about picking educational books, make sure you pick something your daughter will enjoy! Even better – take your daughter to the library or a book store and let her pick some books.
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HAVE A PICNIC
When I was little, I LOVED picnics in the living room or our backyard. Put a blanket down and bring some fun food, like pizza and ice cream! If you are camping inside, you can turn on a movie, or turn off the lights, grab a flash light and tell each other stories! How fun is that? You can go for a little picnic outside as well, just make sure you pick some quiet outdoor space away from other people. That way you stay safe while having fun.
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HAVE A MINI PHOTO-SHOOT
As a mom, you are probably the one taking pictures. But how about letting your daughter be in charge of camera and take pictures of you? Your daughter will feel special for letting her handle the camera and be in charge! Have fun with it! You can go out and take pictures of interesting things like trees, flowers. Or stay safe and stay inside and take pictures of just you two. Again, if you do go out, wear a face covering, stay at least 6 feet away from people and be safe.
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Painting is a fun and relaxing activity. Get one big canvas and paint together, or paint on separate canvases and have fun that way. Kids love to color and paint. The messier the better! Try some fun painting techniques and swap paintbrushes for sponges, pom poms, or anything else you have at home. You can also use puffy paint instead or regular water color and finish it off with glitter for more fun!
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LOOK THROUGH OLD FAMILY PHOTO ALBUMS
I don’t know how about you but I love looking through family pictures once in a while! I’d laugh at my mom and dad, because the fashion was just so different when they were young. They looked so funny to me and so cool at the same time.
Cuddle up on the couch and grab some old family photo albums from when you were little or when your daughter was a baby. She will have fun looking at your childhood pictures, how dressed you were, who was on the picture with you, what you were doing and where you were. She sure will love looking at her baby pictures as well!
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CUDDLE IN BED
Sometimes what you both need is just a little cuddle. Lay down in bed, get comfy and cuddle up. Cuddling is just so relaxing and it will make you feel closer and loved. You may lay there completely quiet, just relaxing for an hour, or you can turn on some music or TV. Your daughter may open up and talk to you about things that are on her mind, or even share secrets with you.
Remember, cuddles on the bed are always better with some yummy popcorn!
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TELL EACH OTHER MEMORIES AND STORIES
You can do this one whenever you are with your daughter and you feel like you need some bonding time. Share some funny stories, your childhood memories, or memories of your daughter’s babyhood. It’s so much fun, you don’t need any preparation time for this, and it’s free!
When was the last time you got down on your knees and played with your daughter? I know many of you will say “today”, but many will say “I don’t know…a long time ago!”. If you are in the second group, go play with your daughter once in a while as a part of your bonding time. (But don’t feel like you have to play with your kids ALL THE TIME though! Some alone play time is good for them.)
Play whatever your daughter wants to play, whether it is pretend tea party, racing cars across the living room, or “who-swings-the-highest” contest at the park. Your daughter will love the fact that you actually do what she wants to do, and that you are actively involved when she is playing.
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DO TICKLE FIGHTS, ICE CREAM FIGHTS OR PILLOW FIGHTS
These are so much fun! Tickle, ice cream or pillow fights usually happen unplanned, these are not times you should schedule! 🙂 When it does happen, just go with it and have fun! I’m not saying, teach your child to throw ice cream at you every day. But once in a while it is so much fun!
Me and my husband have ice cream fight once in a while and it’s one of the happiest moments of ours. Yes it’s super messy, yes the ice cream is going to be sticky and you will find it everywhere. Well, that’s why you have these fights on the tile or hardwood floor, not on the carpet!
Tickle fights and pillow fights are super fun as well, just be careful not to hit your daughter too strong with the pillow! These fights can be fun stress reliever between siblings as well.
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DO FUN SCIENCE PROJECTS TOGETHER
I love doing science projects. They are fun, educational and it’s an awesome activity to do with your daughter. When I write our lesson plans for preschoolers, my favorite part is the science part! I know that families that will do these projects will have a lot of fun, and it makes me smile just to think about it. Find our lesson plans here.
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WRITE A SHARED JOURNAL TOGETHER
This one is more for older kids that can write.
Writing shared Journal can be fun, and it can help your daughter share things with you. Sometimes it’s just easier to write about things than to say them out loud.
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Make HOT CHOCOLATE together
My dad used to take me and my sister out for an ice cream and for a hot chocolate. I LOVED those days. We’d go to the downtown, sit down in one of the ice cream places and we were allowed as many sprinkles as our ice cream cone could handle. Such sweet memories!
I know you can’t take your child out for ice cream or hot chocolate right now. But what’s stopping you from bringing the same experience into your home? Make some fancy hot chocolate at home! Use real chocolate melted in milk, or buy some yummy hot chocolate mix. Put some marshmallows on top and I guarantee you your kids won’t protest! If ice cream is not your thing, make popsicles instead! Buy popsicle molds and make your own popsicles from fruit pureed in a blender. Your daughter will be thrilled to make her very own treat. If you have a son, don’t worry, boys like that stuff too 🙂 What kid doesn’t like ice cream and hot chololate?
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Make breakfast/brunch in bed
Make some special breakfast/brunch. Something that’s special and she doesn’t eat it every day. Maybe chocolate chip pancakes that look like hearts, some delicious croissants with chocolate spread, or eggs made the way she likes them if sweet stuff is not her thing. Wake her up with a big tray of breakfast food and treats, sit on bed and have fun. That would make anyone fall in love with mornings!
Sunrise or sunset is absolutely stunning anywhere you are. Wake up, find a comfy spot, grab some hot cocoa and watch sunrise together. If you (or your daughter) are not a morning person, and waking up that early is more of a punishment than a treat, go watch sunset. Sunsets are just as beautiful and they don’t require alarm clocks. You can check on your weather app for times of sunrise and sunset. Take some pictures to show to the rest of the family!
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HAVE A MOVIE NIGHT
Let your daughter pick her favorite movie, show her your favorite childhood movie, or find something that just came out and sounds really good. Make sure you have plenty of snacks!
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Treat her to some mani/pedi
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CAMP IN YOUR BACKYARD OR LIVING ROOM
You can sleep in sleeping bags or put down comforters and sleep on those. Put down a lot of pillows and blankets for extra comfort.
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Why are so many moms trying to figure out what to do with kids while they exercise, when they can do it with their kids? Your daughter will be watching you exercise and she will want to do it too. Let her watch you work out, or do the workout with you. My two year old daughter is working out with me every time! Well, she’s rolling around pretending she’s working out 🙂 but still!
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COOK OR BAKE TOGETHER
Cooking and baking is a great bonding activity. Show your daughter how to make her favorite desert, or maybe share an old family recipe with her.
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PLAY BOARD GAMES
Which board game is your favorite? Mine is “Battleship” and “Monopoly”!
Pull out some games, order some pizza and have a game night together. What game is your daughter’s favorite? Is it “Candy land”, or “Sorry!”? I loved “Sorry!” when I was preschool age!
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PLAY SPORT TOGETHER
How about playing tennis, soccer or baseball? These sports might be mainly interesting for boys, but girls have fun with them too. You can forget the rules if you want, and play just for fun.
Some states are still under strict stay-at-home restrictions, but many golf ranges, tennis courts and other sport related places are open. Just remember to wash your hands, sanitize everything you touch, wear face mask and practice social distancing.
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HAVE A SLUMBER PARTY
I know that when I say “slumber party”, you imagine a bunch of little girls having a sleepover, dressed in their princess PJ’s, eating M&Ms and drinking apple juice.
And you’re right.
BUT Slumber parties are great for forming friendships and that makes them awesome mother daughter date! Do it right though! Make fun snacks, pick a good movie and do whatever girls do at a slumber party…pillow fight anyone?
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PLANT AND GROW SOMETHING TOGETHER
Planting a tree or a flower is very rewarding. If you plant a tree, chances are you and your daughter will watch it grow your whole life. Isn’t that neat? If you move, you can take your plant, or tree with you (well depends on a size of the tree!).
Bonus points if you teach your child parts of the flower and life cycle of plants while at it.
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What is your favorite mother daughter date idea? Do you do any other activities that are not on the list? Share with us in comments!
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