If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Cultivating Friendship with Your Daughter
Daughters are such a special gift to us as mothers! Cultivating friendship with your daughter will be one of the best ways to invest your time. Here are some creative mothering ideas.
Start a Mother-Daughter Journal
When my oldest daughter was around 10 or 11, we started writing to each other in a journal. I would write something in it and then leave it for her to find on her bed. And then she would write something for me and leave the journal on my bed.
We did this for awhile, and we didn’t keep up with it long-term, but I still feel like it was worthwhile. And I wish I would have continued it through the years.
Sometimes it’s hard to really connect in the midst of busy family life. Sometimes you just need to get away together.
Whether you go on an overnight trip or just go out for ice cream, this is a surefire way to get to know your daughter better and spend some quality time together.
Here are some of the dates my daughters and I have enjoyed together:
- Going out for ice cream
- Shopping (they love special trips to the mall)
- Going to a tea room (we included the grandmothers on these trips!)
Now that my daughters are getting older, coffee shops are on their list of favorite places to visit! Wherever you go, just being together is what’s important.
Doing Projects Together
One of the things my daughters and I have enjoyed doing together is working on crafts and other projects. This can include a variety of activities such as:
- Making handmade cards
- Learning to knit or crochet
- Cooking/baking (we especially love baking for our neighbors at Christmas!)
- Painting/decorating a room (my oldest daughter was instrumental in helping me get our kitchen painted last summer)
Nothing can take the place of one-on-one time, especially in a busy household. There have been times when I can just sense that one of my children needs some time alone with me. Sometimes they just need to talk without their siblings around.
I love Sally Clarkson’s idea of having tea with just one child. This is something I’d like to start implementing in my own home. I’m currently trying to create a space in my bedroom where I could do this more easily in our small home.
One thing I’ve learned as a mother is that good, healthy relationships don’t just happen. They take lots of work, time, and nurturing in order to flourish.
Sometimes the relationship with a daughter can become strained, especially if we as mothers aren’t careful with our words and don’t take the time to nurture our relationships.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. ~Galatians 6:9
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