This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior. All opinions are 100% mine.
In a house with four kids, I do not often get to spend large chunks of one-on-one time with each child-unless one wakes up at night. The quality time I spend with each of my children happens in small doses throughout our days.
I like that we can smile at each other, randomly hug, or have a deep conversation at the dinner table to stay connected. Quality time for moms and daughters, and moms and sons, is important. I think we strengthen our bond with our children by packing in a lot of quality time together over the course of their young years.
Mother’s Day always makes me remember the birth of each of my children-making me a mother 4 times over-and what each child means to me. I am blessed to get to spend so much time with my kids while they are young. Even though we have tough days, I do not regret a moment of being a mom.
Quality Time for Moms and Daughters
Since my oldest daughter will be heading to kindergarten soon, I want to take more time to focus on her and give her my time as often as I can. When I think about what she really wants to do with me-the things she asks me to do on a regular basis-they are not difficult time-consuming activities.
In reality, she wants time with me, cuddling or conversation, and especially time spent on the girly things like dressing up and doing her hair.
To help us moms of daughters remember how simple it can be to spend quality time with our girls-while they are still young-I made a list of quality time ideas for moms and daughters. After you read this list, let me know what ideas you have for spending time with your daughter, or daughters.
Ways moms and daughters can spend quality time together
Cooking-My daughters, and my kids in general-love helping me in the kitchen. Any time I make scrambled eggs or bake cookies, they want to be right there helping. We teach life skills, patience and get that quality time all wrapped into one activity.
Walks-How easy is it to lace up the shoes and just walk the neighborhood or a local trail? Get outside and get some exercise. This definitely is one of my favorite quality time ideas for moms and daughters…or moms and sons.
Play dress-up…you too! Grab that fancy dress, help your daughter get into her’s and have a tea party all dolled up. My girls love dresses, so I have been looking for dresses that are comfortable enough to be play clothes. My toddler loves her Minnie Mouse Toddler Girl T-Shirt Dress. I surprised her with it by hanging it on the dress-up rack.
Reading books-Grab a stack and read one after the other. Great learning and great cuddling time!
I also love to get printable digital copies of kids’ reading journals. It contains pages of reading lists and guides, so I let my children pick the next titles they want to read. It also has engaging sections that help enhance their grammar use and reading comprehension.
We use them as materials for a fun learning activity after we finish a book. The softcopy allows me to make multiple copies as needed.
Watching a movie-especially a Disney Princess movie, or any movie with Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse! Disney movies were my favorite as a girl, so I enjoy watching The Little Mermaid or Cinderella with my girls. The Disney magic spans our generations for some mommy and me quality time with my girls.
Paint her nails-When my girls see the polish bottle they get ready!
Crafts-My daughter loves cutting, gluing, drawing, and any craft kit that helps her create a fun little creation. Grab some materials at a craft store for some quality time together creating. You can even use scrap paper to make collages-no need to spend extra on new craft supplies.
Explore-In the backyard or at the local playground, follow her lead and interest. Check out where that ant is going, or watch the clouds float by. I love the conversations that spark from simple explorations like these.
Beach time-We live pretty close to the beach, so it is one of our regular activities as a family. Every time we visit the beach, my girls are filled with excitement, the kids play well together, and everyone seems refreshed when we get home. I recently grabbed a new Disney Minnie Mouse Bows and Dots Beach Towel for the girls at Walmart when we were planning a weekend at the beach. When the kids have simple special items that they consider their own it is amazing how just a trip to the beach can be exciting every time we go.
Decorate together-We are going to be moving our girls into the same room soon. I wanted them to be able to have input into the decorations so that they could be excited about it being their own space.
Walmart has some cute, affordable bedding items with Minnie Mouse on them which is a favorite for my girls right now. I looked through the Disney Junior Minnie Mouse items at Walmart and let my toddler daughter pick which comforter she wanted for her big girl bed. Big sis already has a special comforter on her bed!
When I brought it home from the store she was so excited to spread it out and cuddle up with it. Her big sister was pretty excited to check it out too. There even was a sewn-on bow-a detail that my toddler girl loves!
It is fun to enjoy the simple moments with them as they grow and develop their personalities and likes. I remember how much I loved picking new sheets or making a purchase with my allowance for a new item that would make my room a special place.
I know how much these little moments matter to my girls and it is quality time we spend together. The activities we do on a daily basis do not get complicated. I find that with four kids I have to keep life simple-for my sanity and for our budget! These precious moments with my girls while they are still so in need of my time and attention are important to me.
Quality time for moms and daughters to spend together do not have to be filled with elaborate details and enormous expense. Just picking out a fun Disney Jr. Minnie Mouse dress when we are swinging through Walmart, or painting their nails when I have 10 minutes while dinner is in the oven, matters to my daughters. They matter to me too.
What special activities do you and your daughter do to spend quality time together?