By: Kelsey Childress
If you have more than one child, or if you have a hectic life, then you surely know the value of spending quality time alone with your children. Children appreciate being singled-out to spend alone time with one parent, especially if it is a mother and daughter. There are many activities that little girls might enjoy doing with their mother, especially as they reach 6-12 years of age. Organizing fun things to-do together, however, doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. There are many affordable activities to do with your daughter that lets her know how much you appreciate having her in your life.
Picnics in the park are a fun and original way to spend some quality time with your daughter that are essentially free, minus the groceries it takes to make the meal and gas to drive to the park. Make a few sandwiches, throw in some pretzels or potato chips, and bring along water or juice. Eat dinner and then go on a walk or watch the sunset.
Visit the makeup counter at a department store or go to a beauty store, such as Sephora. These retail stores usually have samples of all their products, as well as eager salespeople that are more than happy to do make-overs or offer beauty tips. Decide that you can each buy one item, and then have fun putting on makeup that you may never try ordinarily, like that bright blue eyeshadow or new liquid bronzer.
Get manicures and pedicures at a local beauty college. Because these are students, a manicure will usually run about $8-10. This gives the students some great practice, while you and your daughter come out with great-looking nails! Many beauty colleges also accept appointments, so you don’t have to wait in line on Saturdays when it’s usually busiest.
Have a Baking Day and make all your favorite treats! Make icing out of powdered sugar and food coloring, and use it to create colorful sugar cookies. When you’re finished with all of your home-made creations, go out into the neighborhood to give the extras to neighbors, friends, or visit the nearest nursing home and offer some to residents that don’t receive many visitors. Everyone will appreciate the gesture, and some may even return the favor! Buying flour, sugar, eggs, and other baking necessities aren’t pricey and usually never go to waste.
Plant a garden in your backyard. If you don’t have a backyard, that’s okay. Buy a few terra cotta or plastic pots and plant your favorite flowers, herbs, or vegetables in them. Put them on your patio or by a sunny window and watch them grow! You can also decorate the pots with permanent markers, acrylic paint, and a hot glue gun for other knick-knacks.
Overall, it’s not important what you do with your daughter or child, it’s the memories you make during your time together. Spending quality one-on-one time with your child strengthens your bond, making them more open and receptive to you. Tell your daughter about the activities ahead of time so you both have something to look forward to throughout the week.