3 Activities for Mothers and Daughters To Strengthen the Mother/Daughter Bond by Cassandra Mack

Before we get to Cassandra’s post, I just wanted to give a warm welcome to all of you new subscribers!

I look forward to more lively discussions like we had over the weekend regarding the article “Life-Threatening Anaphylactic Food Allergies at School…Unnecessary Drama”. I gleamed a lot of great information from your comments and emails, and I hope you did too! I especially liked this link someone sent me, which has a great sample outline of a 504 plan. Thank you!!

I will write a follow-up piece in the next week or so, to let you know how the school decides to handle severe allergies and how the parents respond. I will also be publishing another piece about the affects of allergies soon.

For those of you dealing with anaphylactic allergies or any other health issue, my heart goes out to you!

I hope you all have a great school year!!

Here is Cassandra…

There’s an old saying that goes, “Your son is your son until he gets himself a wife, but your daughter is your daughter for the rest of her life.” One of the reasons why the mother/daughter bond is so special is because in many ways you see yourself all over again in the hopes, dreams, experiences and struggles of your daughter. As your daughter enters the adolescent years and starts pulling away to seek greater independence, it’s important to balance time apart with time spent doing things that continue to strengthen your mother/daughter bond. Following are three activities that I have used in my mother and daughter retreats. I share them in the hopes that they will provide special interludes of joy for you and your daughter.

Activity #1 . (Mother and Daughter Scrapbook)

This activity is all about preserving treasured photos and memories. You’ll need: a photo album, fabric, fabric glue, trimmings and your favorite photos. Dress up in your craziest, most creative outfits and take photos of one another. Then, make a scrapbook consisting of your favorite photos both old and new.

Activity #2. (Recipe Cards)

This activity is all about passing on your favorite dishes and desserts as well as reminiscing on a favorite time with mom. Put together a collection of recipe cards, adding to each favorite dish a fun memory of a time with your mom and ask your mom to add a favorite time with her mom.

Activity #3 (Alphabet Television Show)

Starting with the letter “A” you and your mom take turns naming a television show that begins with each letter of the alphabet. For example for the letter “A” you might pick, “American Idol” or “All My Children” and so on. The first person who hesitates for too long is out. This is a wonderful way for mothers and daughters to learn about the television shows that were popular during each generation.

Copyright © 2011 by Cassandra Mack

This article is excerpted from Cassandra Mack’s book, “Say It, See It, Believe It: The Affirmation Activity Journal for Girls To Read With Their Mothers.”

You can learn more about Cassandra and her books at www.strategiesforempoweredliving.com.

Thank you, Cassandra!

P.S. I love the option of using books or movies for the third idea!

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