This post: Bond with your teenage daughter: 50+ easy ways to connect.
Carving out quality time to nurture the bond with your teenage daughter is so important. Yet, it’s so easy to get caught up in everyday life and not take the time to connect.
I know for me and my daughters, we’re always on the go. They’re busy at school and college, hanging out with friends, working and generally keeping up with life and I’m busy working, keeping up with the house, cooking, cleaning, running errands and everything else that seems to creep up on my endless to-do list. Carving out real quality time with them isn’t always easy.
The truth is, it’s easy to find excuses. It’s easy to lose sight of our priorities. It’s easy to believe, based on our daughters’ sometimes fickle, unpredictable or “offish” teenage behavior, that they don’t care, that they don’t need us and that time with us isn’t important to them.
But, it is… they do care, they do need us, and time with us is important to them.
It turns out that a healthy mother-daughter relationship can build a lifelong foundation for our girls. By taking the time to give our girls what they need now and by fueling their hearts with compassion, understanding and unconditional love, our relationship with them will remain steady and strong long after they leave our tender care.
But, that won’t happen without investing our time. It’s now, when our daughters are young, that we need to invest in the foundation of our relationship.
If we don’t open those lines of communication, build a strong connection and establish a steadfast bond, it surely won’t happen later when they’ve moved off to college or started lives of their own.
Whether it’s hanging out in her bedroom a few minutes a day to hear about her day or carving out time to sit and really talk once a week – build a solid, long-lasting bond with your daughter. Grab hold of those moments, grab hold of the memories and grab hold of the precious fleeting time you have left with your daughter while she’s still living under your roof.
Bond with your teenage daughter: 50+ easy (and inexpensive) ways to connect.
1. Play hooky and do something fun, slightly crazy or totally silly.
2. Rent a chick flick and make different kinds of popcorn. Here are 17 different popcorn recipes that are poppin’ with flavor!
3. Make an awesome dessert together. Here are 80 easy desserts that only look impossible.
4. Hang out in her room and listen to her favorite music. (Have her make you a cool playlist!)
5. Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner together at her favorite (inexpensive) restaurant.
6. Go shopping and let her pick out something new.
7. Go on a drive and check out a new store, restaurant, mall or venue you’ve never been to.
8. Pick an afternoon and let your daughter choose what she wants to do.
9. Stroll through a farmer’s market on a sunny Saturday morning.
10. Go for a hike. Here’s a list of the best hikes in every state in the United States.
11. Do a fun craft together. Here are 22 fabulously fun crafts you can make together!
12. Make a commitment to get in shape together.
13. Visit a local animal shelter – just for fun.
14. Have a “snacks and game night.” Here are 60 super simple snacks and appetizers you can make together.
15. Go on a long bike ride.
Mothers and daughters together are a powerful force to be reckoned with. ~ Melia Keeton-Digby
16. Go on a picnic. Here’s how to pack for an awesome picnic.
17. Make fun non-alcoholic drinks together. Here are 24 non-alcoholic drinks to try!
18. Bond with your teenage daughter by buying her a small surprise and leaving it on her bed pillow. (A few ideas: flowers, jewelry, fluffy socks, her favorite candy, a new coffee mug, a gift card, nail polish, etc.)
19. Surprise her by cleaning her bedroom from top to bottom.
20. Get a makeover together.
21. Volunteer together. Here are 50 community service ideas for teenagers.
22. Invite your daughter’s best friend and her mom to lunch at a little cafe.
23. Take a “mom and me” mini-vacation (even if it’s a one-night stay at an inexpensive local hotel).
24. Tuck her in at night. (She may not admit it, but she’ll love it.)
25. Do something crazy fun and adventurous. (Think ziplining, paddleboarding, kayaking, etc.)
26. Let your daughter teach you something… anything.
27. Scroll through Pinterest for fun hairstyles and fashion ideas.
28. Write her a sweet “love letter” and let her know how much she means to you.
29. Train for a 5K race together.
30. Ask her about her hopes and dreams, what worries her and what’s happening in her life.
31. Paint each other’s nails. Here are a few ideas to inspire you!
32. Light some candles in her bedroom late at night and talk about anything and everything.
33. Help her give her bedroom a makeover. Here are 36 frugal DIY teen room decor ideas for girls.
34. Spend the day at a local zoo (like old times).
35. Help her organize her room and all her clothes.
36. Make an epic ice cream sundae. Here are 21 best ice cream sundae recipes to try!
37. Go thrift store shopping.
38. Get up early on a Saturday morning and hit a few local garage sales.
One of the most important relationships we have is the relationship we have with our mothers. ~ Lyanla Vanzant
39. Help her plan and host a themed slumber party for her and her friends.
40. Have a mother-daughter photo shoot.
41. Go to an outdoor concert.
42. Be lazy and have a fun TV and “junk food” day.
43. Go on college visits.
44. Go to an amusement park and ride the tallest roller coaster.
45. Take a cooking, art or yoga class together.
46. Visit a cool museum. (Many are free!)
47. Help her make her best friend an over-the-top birthday cake. Here are a few ideas!
48. Let her color her hair with a streak of pink or blue – just for fun.
49. Vow to give her at least one long hug a day.
50. Give her a back rub.
51. Be her greatest source of comfort when she’s stressed out, hormonal, frustrated or tired.
52. Be her sounding board when she needs to vent about friends, school, boys or life.
53. Give her space when she needs it.
54. Remind her that’s she’s loveable, kind, beautiful (inside and out) and smart.
55. Tell her “I love you,” every single day.
What’s your favorite way to bond with your teenage daughter? Share your ideas in our comments section below!