Mother Daughter Time
We live in an era where our faces are glued to our phones and our fingers are shifting through a minimum of four apps at a time. We look at the world through our phones instead of living in the moment and seeing it through our own eyes. I’m guilty of these things which can sometimes be harmful to your relationship with your child.
LS pointed out that I work too much and that she wants to throw my phone in the garbage which immediately raised a red flag. She was right, and I needed to change just a bit. I wanted to share ways on how I bond with my child without screens or devices.
In the summer months I take a survey on all the places Scout might like to visit and then put together an itinerary of things we should do. We then tackle at least three new activities per week. I only take out my phone to snag a few photos but always stay present during our adventures.
Try to schedule moments that are intimate and encourage conversation such as having lunch together. LS loves to chat so we usually go for afternoon tea or just enjoy eating together. I always engage by asking numerous questions to keep our conversations flowing.
Other moments that could create memories are having reoccurring game night in the house. We play candy land as well as chutes & ladders. These games stood out to me as a kid so I thought we would incorporate the same traditions in our household.
Walking around the neighborhood to explore and scout new areas are also a good way to bond! We do this very often and will pick flowers and learn the names of each flower we take home. This is my favorite thing to do because we always have fun and we end up grabbing ice cream or cookies from our local shops.
Here are a few other suggestions for creating memories such as: taking a cooking class together, painted pottery classes, sewing, creating arts & crafts projects, reading and scouting new adventures in the city.
If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to leave us a comment below.
Sai & London
Photography by George Elder