10 Ideas To Create Mother Daughter Memories

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Children grow up fast.  It seems like only yesterday that we gave birth, sent them off to kindergarten, and read them bed time stories.  Before we know it they’re asking for the car keys and eventually heading out the door to live life on their own.

When I was raising my daughter I decided to create mother daughter memories for us.  You know those special days when it’s just the two of you talking about boys, finding the perfect dress, eating ice cream or doing each other’s nails.  My daughter and I did lots of family activities together, but these are special moments that I’m talking about now.  The days when I left the office early and headed to the school to pick her up for a day of fun.  Those Saturdays when I left the laundry and the cleaning just to spend time with her.  Those days when it’s just the two of us bonding and being friends.  These are a perfect way to create Mother Daughter Memories.  

I created Mother Daughter Memories when my daughter was a teen. That’s when it dawned on me that she was growing up fast, and would soon be heading to college.  She would be meeting new people and doing different things.  I had to make the few years that we had left together count.  I’m so thankful that I did, we still talk about those days.  I’m encouraging you to do the same.

Let me place emphasis on the two of you.  This wasn’t difficult for me because I only had one child, but if you have more than one, spend that quality time with each daughter. It’s important that they get that individual attention.  You want to make them feel special, as if they’re the only person besides you in the world.  It’s an opportunity to share things that happened when you were growing up or maybe they will share an embarrassing time in their life or a secret. It’s unlikely they will do this with others around. There will be times when you will find yourself looking at each other and giggling, because only the two of you know about what was shared.  It’s such a great feeling.

Everything is not for everybody so you will need to create Mother Daughter memories that are meaningful to you. But here’s a few things my daughter and I did together to create Mother Daughter Memories:

  1. Special Occasion Dresses – We would spend the day visiting boutiques to select party dresses, dresses for her junior high school dances, and later her homecoming and prom dresses.  We looked forward to this day every year from junior high to her senior year of high school.
  2. Spa Treatments – Nothing like being seated next to each other at the spa getting our nails done and saying nothing.  Just enjoying each other’s company.
  3. Trips To Dairy Queen –  My daughter loved strawberry sundaes and I loved their chocolate cones. We had some much fun laughing and enjoying our treats.
  4. Looking At The Christmas lights –  This speaks for itself.  We would spend hours just driving through neighborhoods being in awe. To this day, Christmas is a special time for us and lights are included.
  5. Going Out To Lunch or Dinner – Apple Bee’s was my daughter’s favorite place to eat growing up.  She loved their lemonade.  We would sit for hours and talk about everything and everybody.  It’s funny she won’t enter the place now.  Ruth Chris is one of her favorite eating places. So glad she has a husband to pay the bill for that one.
  6. Watching Movies  We would spend the day watching movies on Saturdays.  One of our favorites movies to watch was Gone With The Wind and of course Girl Flicks. When one of our favorites is on now, she calls to let me know.
  7. Sharing A Beach Week-end  – Every year I would take my daughter and 3 of her friends to the beach for a week-end.  Ocean City, MD was the go to at that point in our life. The interesting thing about this trip is that I have a bridge phobia, and I had to drive the girls across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The bridge is about 4.5 miles long.  I can drive across bridges, but I’m holding my breath, praying, counting and anything else I can think of.  I drive slow and look straight ahead. It doesn’t matter if the bridge is long or short.  The effect is the same for me. To this day, my daughter doesn’t know what bridges do to me. I never wanted her to know how scared I was, I only wanted her to enjoy the trip.
  8. Spending the Day At a Book Fair We would spend the day at the book fair browsing through isles and isles of books.  We would take our selections home and plan when we would spend the day reading them.
  9. Read Your Favorite Books We would curl up on the sofa and read our favorite book at the time.
  10. See A Show – One of our favorite bonding moments was when we went to see a ballet or Alvin Ailey.  We still look for shows that we can see together.

I hope my bonding moments have inspired you to create Mother Daughter Memories.  You don’t have to spend a fortune, find activities within your budget and they will love you regardless of what’s in your purse.  If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to Mother 2 Mother before you leave.  You may also like Making Memories.








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  1. I love these ideas’ for special days to spend with your child. I have only boys, but my oldest will be leaving soon and I want to implement time with him. Thanks for sharing on Talk It Up Thursday.

    • Rhonda Gales says:

      Hi Michelle.  Thanks for stopping by. Making memories with boys is just as important as making memories with our girls. I speak from what I know which is my daughter, but you can apply the same concept with sons. They need our love and attention too.  Hope you will visit again.

  2. Those would all be wonderful things for a Grandma to do with her granddaughter, too! And many of them we have done! I took her and her friend for frozen yogurt after school one day last week — just because! We talked politics and it was fun getting 6th graders insights.

    • Rhonda Gales says:

      You’re right Kc. These are great things to do with granddaughters too. My granddaughter is old enough to remember our time together now, so I’m starting little traditions with her. Oh, the mind of a 6th grader. I’m always amazed at what we can learn from children.

  3. My daughters and I use to do this same thing – we called them our “dates.” We did many of the same thing you suggested in your list. The bridge fear – I have it too! Always have. My bridge of fear began in Charleston, SC when I had to drive over a rickety old bridge to cross the island to the beach. Since then it has been replaced, but a bigger, longer bridge has been put there and I still fear it. Some things don’t die as we get older!!

    • Rhonda Gales says:

      Isn’t that the truth Michelle, lol. I’m so glad that I can talk myself over the bridges. I love to travel; otherwise, my fear would hinder some of my local and not to distance travel. I’m so glad that you were able to create memories with your daughters. Dates are always a great thing. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. This is wonderful. I wish I had done this when mine were younger. I had 4 children and the man I married had custody of his 3. Ages were 5 yrs to 12 so my life was very busy. I see my daughters are able to spend more time with each of their children than I could and it makes me so happy. I am going to share your post with them. Great ideas.

    • Rhonda Gales says:

      Hi Pam.  Thanks for stopping by.  Raising 7 children is quite an accomplishment, and I’m sure you were busy.  I’m happy to hear that you daughters are spending time with their children. That tells me that you did something right.  I appreciate you sharing my post, and I hope you stop by regularly.

  5. As a mother of 2 grown up daughters (one getting married this summer) I appreciate this post.  Great ideas!  #SmallVictories

    • Rhonda Gales says:

      Hi Danita.  Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you appreciate my post.  With two grown daughters, I know you can relate. Please visit again.

  6. This post should be read everywhere! Such valuable insights! While one of my own adventures was a little “sketchy” – calling in “sick” once or twice a year for each high school daughter – and going to the mall for some healthy shopping – I was surprised when the oldest told me recently that was her best memory of feeling loved as a teenager. She plans to repeat with her own 4 kids!
    But shopping for prom dresses? Nothing but a tense nightmare for me! I joined other distraught moms outside dressing rooms stuffed with yards and yards of fluff, desperate to think of ways to steer them toward “something a nun would wear!”
    Wish I had thought of Christmas light tours for older kids – that would have been a blast!

    • Rhonda Gales says:

      Hi Joyce.  Glad you enjoyed the post. I have found that it’s the little things that kids remember. Spending quality time is so important. I’m laughing at your prom dress nightmare. We looked forward to hunting for the perfect dress each year. The Christmas lights was so much fun for us too. Lights warm the hearts of kids big and small. We still enjoy them.

  7. Love this post – I had a good chuckle at “glad she has a husband to pay the bill for that one”!

    • Rhonda Gales says:

      Hi Kirstie.  Thanks for stopping by.  I glad you enjoyed my post and got a chuckle out of my Ruth Chris comment. I’m whipping my brow on the name alone, lol.  Please visit again.