7 Ways to Bond With Your Tween Daughter
They’re not kids anymore, but they’re not quite teenagers. Bonding with your tween daughter doesn’t have to be scary, but it does require a little effort and planning on your part.
Go to lunch.
This one seems like a given, but sometimes the simple stuff is lost in the mix when it comes to bonding with our daughters. Let her pick – or surprise her with a stop at her favorite lunch spot – and then go shopping afterwards. Nothing is better than eating and shopping. 🙂
Whether you like to stay in or go out, a movie night is a great bonding activity! If you’re able to, rent a few movies from Red Box (or pull them up on Netflix), and have a sleepover. Order pizza, make desserts, and chomp on popcorn while watching your favorite chick flicks.
Even if it’s not something you’d normally do, go rock climbing, hiking, or even zip lining! All of these activities are a great way to bond with your kids, while getting some fresh air. Register for (and run) a 5K together, then use a shadow box to frame your medals!
Tip: Check Living Social and Groupon for deals on these outings!
Talk about boys.
While most of us would rather pluck our eyelashes out than talk boys with our tweens, it’s gotta be done. Your daughter wants to know that you care about what she cares about, so listen to her without interrupting – even if you want to tell her she’s crazy for “loving” that skater boy.
Read a book together.
You might not generally read tween or teen books, but reading the same book means lots of fun conversations between you and your tween. Try books like The Divergent Series or even Maze Runner! Divergent (Divergent Series)
Play some games.
Board games aren’t just for young kids anymore! Some of my favorite games include 5 Second Rule – Just Spit it Out!
— ask your daughter which ones she’d like to try. If you’re really creative, you can make a game together.
Go on a date.
There are so many mother daughter date ideas, it’s impossible to list them all! Let her plan one, then you plan one. Schedule a mommy daughter date once a month, and make bonding time a priority.