40 things every mom and daughter should do together at least once
1 of 40 Make Thanksgiving Dinner Together It’s a huge undertaking, no doubt, when you consider the turkey, appetizers, side…
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Make Thanksgiving Dinner Together
It’s a huge undertaking, no doubt, when you consider the turkey, appetizers, side dishes, desserts and the tablescape. But doing it together — with a bangin’ Spotify playlist — will make it feel like a party. (Plus, it’s a sneaky way to pass on all your tricks so she can take the reins next year!)
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Devour Everything at the Farmer’s Market
Ask for a taste of their newest gouda, the latest apple variety or a garlic-y pickle. Today is a cheat day — no calorie-counting allowed!
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Get Tipsy at a Mimosa Brunch
Once you’re at the point where you can joke about missed curfews and silly fights, you can also afford to get a little tipsy together (drink responsibly!) and dish on the latest neighborhood gossip … or even the cute waiter. Another round, s’il vous plait!
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Book the Wackiest Spa Treatments on the Menu
Whether it’s a fish pedicure when you’re abroad, a mud bath or a snake venom facial, get one together, then compare notes. Who knows, maybe one of you will be into it!
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Sing at the Top of Your Lungs On a Roadtrip
Because who better to love you despite your off-key Beyonce-ing? Challenge each other to see who really knows all the words to “I Will Survive.”
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Escape Everything and Go On a Yoga Retreat
Save this one for when you realize you’re both spending way too much of your precious Sunday phone dates venting about work. Zen-ing out with your favorite person will leave you feeling refreshed, centered and ready to take on life — plus, it will become a memory that only you two will share.
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Cuddle Puppies at an Animal Shelter
Pups that need a forever home need some serious TLC. Sign up to volunteer one day and play with them, cuddle them and take them for walks. They’ll reward you with kisses. And she’ll learn about how wonderful it feels to help all creatures.
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Go Bargain Hunting at the Flea Market
What’s way more fun than shopping together at IKEA? Scoring one-of-a-kind antiques for your daughter’s new apartment at the flea market. Add to it the challenge of discovering who has the best haggling skills. Winner buys lunch!
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Spend a Saturday Sipping Wine
If there’s one thing that goes well together it’s wine … and wine. Put on your snootiest face as you pretend to properly sniff and swirl, and dive head first into numerous cheese plates. (You can set-up shop at home or go to an actual vineyard!)
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Ditch Your To-Do List for a Day at the Beach
Call in sick and swear off any emails. Don’t worry if all you want to do is lay under a beach umbrella, read magazines and just hang out together. Umbrella drinks (even if they’re virgin) required.
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Let Her Buy You a Fancy Dinner
Now that she’s all grown up, the tables have turned. If she’s excited to take you out for a change, why not let her? She gets to pick the place, and you get to enjoy her company and pat yourself on the back for raising a loving, generous human.
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Order Ice Cream Sundaes as Big as Your Face
Don’t underestimate the mood-lifting powers of the banana split (or whatever ooey-gooey creation you two want to dig into). Also: It doesn’t matter if it’s in the middle of July or sometime in January; ice cream always tastes good. If it’s cold out, order it with hot fudge.
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Stay Up Too Late Playing Board Games
Who’s afraid of a little friendly competition? Not your daughter. Have a Scrabble marathon, play checkers or hone your skills at charades. Don’t call “last game” until you’re both rubbing your eyes.
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Go Apple Picking
September is the month to go, so head out and pick as many apples as you can spot. You may even find varieties that usually aren’t available in stores (like a banana apple). When you get home, stock up your fridge with your favorite apple dishes.
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Take Her Back To Your College Campus
You were once young, too! (Hello, you still are.) This is especially relevant if she’s heading off to college soon. Point out the place you used to love to grab a slice of pizza, your old dorm (yes, it probably still exists) and all the time you spent laying out on the quad.
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Spend an Afternoon Looking at Her Baby Pictures
She was always so cute and sweet, right? (Except for the photographic proof you have of the stink-eye she gave you when she was three.) You’ll laugh and probably cry at how — cliché as it sounds — time really does whiz by.
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Take a Girls’ Only Trip To a Big City
Whether its Des Moines or Denver, head into the city for a day. You can plan your itinerary of sights to see, things to do and restaurants to visit, or go ahead and let the day unfold spontaneously. You’re guaranteed to have fun either way.
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Sign up For a French Cooking Class
Whether you’re making crepes, pain au chocolate or poulet au vin rouge, take up the challenge together to immerse yourself in a new type of cooking where you’re both newbies. Don’t be afraid to pronounce the dishes in your best French accent. Oh la la!
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Or Try a Paint-and-Sip Class
You’ll find studios all over the country that invite you to drink vino while learning how to paint. (The wine not only makes it more fun, but it’ll loosen up your Picasso skills.) When you’re done, you can compare your creations and see whose painting matches the instructor’s the most.
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Visit the Set of a Movie or TV Show
Movies film in big cities and small towns all the time. The best part about visiting them is seeing how they’ve transformed the street. Take her to see a few scenes being filmed. Who knows, maybe they’ll ask you to be extras!
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Dress Up in Tutu’s (or Whatever She Wants) and Go Out
This one is for you if your daughter is still a tiny human. (Although if you’re both grown-ups and want to do this, have at it!) She gets a day to pick out her outfit (and, if you’re so inclined, yours too) without Mom telling her to go change. Then, go out for the day with confidence and a silly attitude.
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Plant A Tree In Your Yard
This is the perfect activity to do when they’re young because she can think of it as her tree. She’ll love watching it grow as she grows, and it’ll leave a lasting mark on her childhood home. Bring on all the warm fuzzies.
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Team Up On Karaoke Night
Even if you’re shy and afraid to tap into your inner Britney Spears, she’s in there somewhere. Pick a song that you two love, give it a whirl a couple times through at home (or in the car!), then take it to karaoke night. Remember: The audience loves Oops! … I Did It Again just as much as you do.
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Visit a Farm and Feed the Animals
A little time outside plus some cute animals (yours might have goats and pigs) and you two can have a blast running around the farm together. If they sell milk, cheese, or ice cream — or serve up apple cider doughnuts — don’t forget to stop in the shop for a yummy take-home.
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Cook your Grandma’s Spaghetti Bolognese
There’s nothing like learning how to make a family-honored recipe together. It’ll bring mom back to the kitchen when she was a kid and you can smile knowing you can pass on the beloved tradition to your kids someday.
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Spend a Day Museum Hopping
She likes art, you like natural history. Plan out in advance your must-see exhibits so you don’t miss a thing. (Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a few things from the gift shop — they have some fabulous things.)
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Or Have a Rainy-Day Movie Marathon
Gloomy days can be boring and set off bad moods (you’re cooped up!). Calling it “movie marathon” day and planning an afternoon of flicks is fun. It can be themed (Disney, black and white) or simply filled with her favorites.
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Plan a Photoshoot for Just the Two of You
Doesn’t matter if she’s still a kid, a teen or is on her own now. Hire a photographer to capture your relationship in the moment. And, feel free to be cheesy about it and plan coordinating outfits. Because why not?
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Have a Picnic at an Outdoor Concert
This is the perfect opportunity to grab all of the small bites you two love (olives, spiced nuts, sliced fruit) and toast to the band over (plastic) wine glasses of Prosecco. If she’s still little, make hers sparkling grape juice and take a small pizza to-go.
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Dress Up in Fancy Clothes and Go to The Opera
Plan each other’s outfit and head out for a night neither of you will ever forget. During the intermission, get into a deep discussion about how moving the arias really are.
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Throw Her a Surprise Birthday Party
It’s guaranteed to be the one she’ll always remember. Order her favorite cake (chocolate-chocolate), get her favorite food (pizza) and play games until the sun goes down. Then, maybe she’ll return the favor when you hit a milestone year.
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Have a Dance-Off At Home
Now is the perfect time to forget embarrassment and groove, baby, groove! Put on the Frozen soundtrack and be prepared to both bring your best dance moves. If your moves don’t “go with” the song, no one is there to judge. Break out the “sprinkler” or “grocery cart” as you wish.
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Let Her Ditch an Afternoon of School and Take Her to the Movies
School: so important. (You’re both on the same page about this.) But it will feel extra special when you let her skip an afternoon to hang out just the two of you for a matinee, especially if it’s the first day a new blockbuster is out.
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Have a Take-No-Prisoners Snowball Fight
Make one promise — you’ll be nice (no snowballs in the face) — but you won’t go easy on each other. Then it’s time to play! Not only can we guarantee you’ll laugh a ton, but you’ll also love heading inside to warm up with some hot cocoa and marshmallows.
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Or Start an All-Out Tickle Fight
Tickle her until she laughs so hard she can’t anymore. Then, let her come after you. Deep, belly laughing together releases bonding endorphins.
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Go On a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
Ideas are readily available on places like Pinterest, or you can go ahead and make one up on your own. Tailor it to her age and abilities (like finding a car or stop sign) and take a photo of what you find, or go the more difficult door-to-door route, where you two have to ask for common items like bobby pins or string.
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Spend One Dinner Making Goofy Faces at Each Other
You’ve got a goofy side to you, and she’s got to see that. In the middle of dinner, throw her your best silly face and challenge her to give it right back to you. The war is on!
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DIY An Epic Milestone Birthday Gift
A purchased gift is special, but DIYing it takes it to a whole new level. Whether your girl is 10, 16 or 30, let your Pinterest flag fly free and make her a pretty journal that you promise you won’t peak into or head to a pottery studio to create a set of unique bowls.
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Take Her Out on Regular Mommy-And-Me Dates
If she has any brothers or sisters, she’s probably craving some solo time with you. Every month or two, plan a fun adventure to go on (the aquarium, a baseball game, even a simple cupcake date) and make sure 100% of your attention is on her and only her.
Source: 4029 Northwest Arkansas News 40 things every mom and daughter should do together at least once