BUILDING UNBREAKABLE MOTHER DAUGHTER BONDS

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Building a mother daughter bond is the best thing you could do for the relationship of your daughter and yourself. The mother-daughter relationship is complex. There are many different factors that determine the outcome of this bond. Check out some ideas on how to build unbreakable mother daughter bonds.

LISTEN Being that us mum’s have more life experience, we sometimes forget to actually listen to our daughters. Listening to your daughter reassures her that you respect and value her. Also that you are there to help with any problem she may have. Listening allows us the chance to hear our daughters out before responding the wrong way, with the wrong answer or by over reacting.

KEEP YOUR WORD! I get it. Things happen and you sometimes can’t fall through on some of the promises you’ve made. But instead of brushing it off. A little explanation goes a long way. I have to admit that I’m super guilty of not being able to commit to a promise I made to Navie. And when she asked why, instead of explaining to her why not I just shut it down. That definitely wasn’t a great way to respond. Especially when she just wanted to know. So instead of brushing it off, make that a teaching moment about communication.

BE HER BIGGEST CHEERLEADER! Oh my gosh you couldn’t imagine the amount of confidence you can instill in your daughter just by being her cheerleader. It is one of the best ways to build unbreakable bonds. Giving her that pep talk before a competition, a test or even her first day of high school means everything. Confidence starts at home. And sometimes kids don’t know how to be confident or even know what confidence is. However, a great way to start is to be by her side and be her number one fan.

HAVE A TRADITION I think as my daughter gets older this is important to start. A mother-daughter tradition is a must have and would definitely have a positive impact on the bond that is built. The good thing about this is it doesn’t matter how old your daughter is. It’s never too late to start a tradition. What’s your tradition?

ONE ON ONE TIME At least once or twice per week try to squeeze in some one on one time with just you and your daughter. The beginning and end of the week are perfect. You could go out for lunch or dinner and just talk about your week. What happened at school, practice or at work. This is a great way to ensure that the relationship is growing in a positive direction. Ours has always been in the car after dance, it’s our time to talk.

DON’T “RIGHT” HER WRONGS There is such a huge urge for us Mums to defend their daughter’s wrong doings. Now don’t get me wrong here. When it’s time to protect your kids, do so by all means. However, don’t “let it slide” when your daughter is misbehaving and acting out. In the end it only hurts her. Because once she reaches the real world it will be hard for her to adjust to being held accountable for her actions. And resentment could soon follow.

BE OPEN AND SUPPORTIVE Support from a parent goes a long way. If your daughter ever tries to pursue something new, be there for her and take interest in helping her learn the ropes. The stories I’ve heard from adults speaking on how their parents always shot down their ideas is heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time. Your daughter should feel as if she can come to you with anything and in return get respectful and logical responses. After all, you could have the next (insert your favorite successful person) on your hands.

HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF Boy oh boy. Does this one take the cake. How do you expect to nurture and grow a bond with your daughter if you have low self esteem. Many people may say… “What does me being confident have to do with the bond I have with my daughter?”

NEWSFLASH: It has everything to do with the bond with your daughter. How you feel about yourself and how you see yourself has everything to do with your mother-daughter bond. I know as Kayla has gotten older it has brought up issues for myself, so I’m working on myself and I hope this will also help Kayla as she grows up and goes through issues with friends, school and life in general.

Conclusion Once you think about it, building an unbreakable mother–daughter relationship is not hard. You just have to be thoughtful and respectful to your daughter as you would like from her.

I hope these ideas help you to build unbreakable bond with your daughter. I guess we are all learning how to best parent and help our children.

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