7 Things Every Mother-Daughter Duo Should Do in 2019
The bond between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. While your relationship may change over the years—no doubt each decade has its difficult periods—the connection you share will only grow stronger over time. Whether you still live under the same roof and get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or are a few hundred miles apart and visits are less frequent than you’d like, it’s important to spend some quality time together—just the two of you—on a regular basis. You’ll never regret carving out time to do something special (or something rather ordinary) with your daughter, so here are 7 ideas for activities the two of you can do together in 2019.
Cook a Family Recipe
Whether it’s holiday dinner prep or just a random Saturday afternoon activity, pass on family traditions by cooking a time-honored recipe together. This is also a good time to make sure a version is actually written down!
Take a Tour Around Your Hometown
Leave Grandma at home for this one, and take a drive or walk around where you grew up to show your daughter all your old haunts. Ex-boyfriend’s houses, the bar where you bought your first drink, your childhood church—they’re all worth revisiting and will likely conjure up some memories you wouldn’t otherwise be able to recall.
Have a Spa Day
Go indulge in some pampering together if you never have. See who is more adventurous when it comes to unique treatments—because there’s nothing better than having one less stressed-out person than having two.
Look Through Family Photos
We hate to bring it up, but no one’s memory improves with age. It’s never too early to look through old albums and point out who each person is and tell her about the famous family events that happened before her time. Struggling to remember some details already? Write down any definite facts on the back. And don’t forget to scan those extra special originals for safe keeping (and sharing!).
Go Antique Shopping
Going shopping just to look is always fun, but it’s even better when you’re on a mission together. Furnishing a new apartment? Or upgrading her to a more grown-up room? Do the hunting, reimagining, and haggling together for an experience that’ll bring you closer and attach fond memories to those new-to-you pieces you find.
Spend a Day Volunteering
Help organize donations at the food bank, play with the puppies at the animal shelter, or help out at the library—wherever you donate your time, having that experience together will instill a behavior of giving back, no matter her age.
Plan a Double-Feature Movie Night
Family movie night often means compromising what you’re really interested in watching to find something everyone agrees on. If it’s just the two of you one night (or day), start early and plan a double-feature. Each of you pick what you really want to see (age permitting) and watch them one after the other. You’ll learn more about what makes each of you laugh and cry, and you both might learn you like something new.