Last week I talked about the importance of mommy-daughter dating Look at me sounding all teachy. Let's try that again.
Hey guys, remember when last week I talked about how my Mom took me on that really awesome date as a kid, and it transformed me from being a she-devil to a proper member of society? Yep, who knew sharing frozen yogurt with mom could do so much for the mean little ferret that was me.
We're on track again. I'll try really hard to give you my advice without sounding like some columnist at Parenting Magazine. Nothing against them--in fact, that's sort of a dream job for a blogger, but ya'll are my friends and the minute I start acting like I'm a know-it-all-mom is the minute I'm in Target getting poop thrown at me by my screaming, naked child. [For the record, this hasn't happened. Yet.]
Well, this whole subject about dating your kids is very important to me and I wanna milk it for all it's worth, while hopefully providing others with ideas for their families. And ya know, if you just happen to "Pin" it well golly gee whiz I'll probably do a little happy dance in the kitchen and all the Chinese grandparents that hang out with their grandkids right outside my kitchen window will get to see it. And they'll smile and nod their heads fiercely saying "CooCoo" and "Tawser!" They see enough of my life through that window to know that I dance for the benefit of my children.
Long deviation. I apologize. It's super duper late right now and get a little slaphappy in the wee morn'.
Ok, so now on to the important stuff. Guys, I made you a whopping list of ideas of things you could do with your little girls. Now, I think some things transfer from younger to older children, but this is definitely geared towards the youngsters. Since that is what I know so far. But if you have older kids and have already done some of these activities please tell us how it went and maybe share some extra tips.
In no particular order, I am going to list off twenty activities tailored to a young daughter and her mommy.
1.) Frozen Yogurt. Ok, had to put this in here since it's got that sentimental value for me. This is one of Coco's favorite things to do with me to date. Probably because it involves chocolate.
2.) Park Play Date. Go to the park and actually play with her on all the toys. Go down the slide, swing with her, pull your arms out of socket on the monkey bars.
3.) Manis and Pedis. Go get your nails did!
4.) Plan a scavenger hunt or give her a treasure map and discover the clues together.
5.) Roller Skate. Take her to a skating ring and pad every exposed limb and skate at risk.
6.) Paint Pottery. Take her to a place like Color Me Mine and paint some pottery together.
7.) Shoe Shop. Girls love shoes. Let her try on high heels and model them for you. Walk away with some new duds for the both of you.
8.) Gift Shop. Take her to a dollar store and let her pick out some gifts for family members and friends. Give her an allowance and let her plan out how she spends her wad. This is a fun way to introduce the joy of gift giving while spending time together.
9.) Go to a movie. Very basic, but very fun as long as you don't see a lame movie.
10.) Go to a ballet. I did this with my mom when I was little. We saw the Nutcracker. While I loved all the pretty costumes and the dancing I was horrified by the men in tights. Their junk was gigantic and grotesquely encased in white tights. This was the determining factor that I would not be in ballet. Ever.
11.) Go to a play. My mom actually took Coco to a local performance of Wizard of Oz. It made a great impression on her and exposed her to another art form.
12.) Take her to an American Girl Store. They offer fun services like a Beauty Salon and Doll Hospital. I imagine this could be a rather expensive little trip--so I'd definitely wait until my daughter was a little older. But it seems like it could be a fun experience for a kid who likes dolls.
13.) Bake together. Kick everyone else out of the house and have a baking extravaganza. This is probably one of Coco's favorite activities to do with me and essentially all it costs is a little time and a lot of clean up. You could even do something so awesome as make a Nacho Cheesecake together like Sue did over at The Spin Cycle (do yourself a favor and visit her blog--she is in the top three for me).
14.) Girls Night Out. Get gussied up and go out for a fancy dinner. Just make sure the restaurant is semi-kid friendly ;)
15.) Take her to a children's museum. You'll feel like you're doing something to make her smarter in the end. This is always a good feeling to end with.
16.) Go to the farmer's market. Eat fruit, listen to local bands play, and buy really expensive balloons.
17.) Go on a coffee date. Contrary to popular belief, it's never too early to introduce your child to the wonder of coffee. I get Coco decaf with a bunch of milk in it, but if that weighs too heavy on your conscience you could do flavored steamed milk, or hot cocoa. But your kid will be cooler if they drink coffee, just sayin'.
18.) Go to the mall. You don't have to really buy anything but there's always a fun attraction like a carousal or fountain, or Sees Candy.
19.) Do a craft together. Go to Michaels or JoAnn's and buy a little craft kit that you can make together.
20.) Stargaze. My kids love to go outside and say goodnight to the moon and stars each night. Grab a blanket, hot cocoa, and bug spray and have some quality time looking at the beautiful night sky. I bet you anything you'll have a deep conversation. When we look at the stars we end up talking about God, heaven, and when she can have a bunk bed. Sometimes zombies work their way in there, too.
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