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8 Mother Daughter Bonding Ideas

The relationship between a mother and daughter is special and unique. To deepen the connection here are some mother daughter bonding ideas that you’ve got to try with your daughter no matter how old you both are.

8 Mother Daughter Bonding Ideas

Mother Daughter Bonding Ideas

Lunch Date

Whether you are celebrating an important date like a birthday or just wanting to spend some one on one time with your daughter, going out for lunch is a fantastic way to bond.

This will give you a great opportunity to spend time alone with your daughter and have a really good talk. I find that it is not always easy getting time alone with my daughter and I really enjoy being able to talk to her and find out what is really going on in her life.

If you are celebrating her birthday make sure to get a special birthday card wishing daughter as a mom.

I personally cherish these lunch dates with my daughter because they strengthen our relationship and keep us close. I hope that we will have these lunch dates long into the future when my daughter is an adult.

Spa Day

A spa day is always fun and sharing these pamper sessions with your daughter will make her feel ultra special. Whether you have a massage, get a manicure or have a facial it will be a great day out.

What I love about this bonding experience is that it will reinforce what I am trying to teach my daughter about self love and taking care of herself. What better way to indulge in a bit of self-care than having a spa day?

Shopping Day

My daughter just loves shopping, especially when it is for new clothes. She loves nothing better than having the time to browse the shops and try on everything she likes. Making it a special mommy daughter shopping day is just what she needs to really enjoy the shopping experience.

The best part is that you can also add in a lunch after shopping to finish the day off.

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Mommy and Me Hair Day

You will be hard pressed trying to find a young lady or woman that does not like having her hair done. So book a joint appointment at your favourite hairdresser to have your hair done together.

You can get matching hairstyles or go for something unique, either way it will be a fun outing together.

Crafting/ DIY Day

Whether you are into knitting, crochet, sewing or restoring old furniture there are plenty of fun projects that you can do with your daughter. The bonus of this type of bonding activity is that you can pass on your skills to your daughter, or you can learn new skills together.

I love teaching my daughter how to knit and crochet. I have many fond memories of my mother sitting with me explaining how to do certain stitches and even now advising me on crochet projects that I am busy making.

My daughter also loves anything to do with making the home nice, so she is keen to join me with anything that has to do with restoring furniture or making something for the house.


My daughter loves looking through the memory boxes I’ve put together for her and my son with all the special things I’ve collected. Why not create special scrapbooks for each year adding photos and other important things you have saved from activities you have done together?

Scrapbooking can be so much fun and you can make them into fun bonding experiences while creating them.

Going For A Walk

Now while going for a walk might not be anything fancy and it might only be a twenty minute walk but what it lacks in excitement and length of time it very often makes up for in quality.

I value talking to my daughter and when she opens up to me I am very grateful. Some of our deepest and most meaningful conversations have happened on a short beach walk together. Don’t underestimate how important these moments are.

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Hike and Picnic

As I mentioned above taking a walk together can be a great way to spend time together. To make more of a day of it head out to the closest nature reserve with a picnic in your backpack and take a hike with your daughter with a picnic at your destination or at the end of your hike.

One of the things I am also wanting to teach my children is the importance of an active and healthy outdoors lifestyle. What better way to bond with my child and teach her this important lesson than to take a hike together.

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  1. Awesome ideas
    As my daughter grows we can definately try some of these.

  2. These are some awesome ideas, but can you guys post some father and so bonding ideas as well.
    Thank you

    • Hi Gavin, it is always fantastic having dads visit too! We will get a post up soon for bonding ideas for dads and their kids – we do have a post on ways dad can bond with his newborn baby that you may enjoy.

    • Really like this.
      Will definitely do this with my bonus daughter as soon as my 2 boys are more grown.

    • Since my son was born in july of this year the bond that i have with my daughter has now turned into daddy daughter. Im very jealous because were like best friends. These ideas wil really help me to spend time with her when i stop breastfeeding my son. She’s 3 now and i hate that i kind of neglect her. My son is colic so i have to just when things go bad and leave her hanging. She wil love to have her time with mommy again. Thank you.

  3. So happy that I saw this, I was looking for ideas for this afternoon that I have some alone time with my daughter.

  4. Thanks for the ideas. Needed to read this

  5. This is great, so helpful, will definitely make use of this ideas.

  6. I just love these ideas!

  7. This is so important.. My kids are just over a year apart.. (girl and boy) and i try and spend a bit of alone bonding time with each of them – even though its not that easy.. I find that my daughter needs it more than my son 🙂

  8. Love these ideas. Especially the Spa one. My daughter loves to have her hair brushed, nails done and relaxing in bubbles. Me as well, altough her coming my hair does not always look “right”, she loves it. What cab I expect, she is only 4

  9. Great ideas. I’m definitely going to use these.

  10. Awesome advice ?

  11. I love these ideas, always amazing to spend time with your mother.
    Brings back so memories!

  12. Love this! Can’t wait to do these as soon as baby girl is old enough!

  13. I’m going to try all these awesome ideas.
    Thank you!

  14. Extremely interesting – and rings true!

  15. My daughter and I have pamper sessions at home, doing facials, pedicures and manicures.

  16. I’ve read all ideas on how to bond with a girl, now, how do i get to bond with my sons?
    I hardly spend time with them due to the long distance, i’m really missing outbon their upbringing, how do i get to close the gap during holidays?

  17. Nadia van Niekerk

    Lovely ideas, definitely time for some mother and daughter time! Thank you

  18. Tara Leigh Van Rooyen

    Such amazing ideas.

  19. I have a two year old daughter,cant wait to start trying out the above mentioned bonding techniques. Thank you si much for the teaching.

  20. These are all great.. i make mini spa days at home with my mom, sister and nieces atleast once a month.. We also have regular movie days with all the delicious snacks

  21. Wow, this is really helpful… Thanks for the ideas ♡

  22. Wow. How sweet.

  23. Awesome. Love it

  24. Just what I need to bond with my daughter thank you

  25. Wow nice ideas definitely going to them into practice?

  26. Excellent ideas. Thanx for sharing.

  27. I do go shopping with them and it’s great.It also gives me ideas of what to buy them for presents because they show me what they like and not.Also thanks for the other tips I’ll try them also.

  28. These are lovely. Thank you for the ideas. At the end of the day we need to realise that everyday is a gift and Tommorow in not guaranteed. Spend time together while you still can. You need to build memories when and where ever possible.

  29. a mommy and daughter spa day, thee best!!

  30. I love all these ideas. My mom and I are soo close we are like sisters and I am grateful for the relationship we have. We love shopping together, going out for lunch and church together.

  31. Absolutely lovely ideas for some mommy and me time….am definitely going to do some of these and spend quality time with my daughter

  32. Love these ideas!

  33. Wil definitely try these

  34. Love this article!

  35. Love this article and the cool ideas. My 4 year old daughter enjoys alone time with me. I will definitely try the scrapbooking idea.
    Thanks for sharing.

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