This New Year, instead of making resolutions that you feel guilty about not keeping after the first couple months, make goals for you and your daughter to spend more time together. This can get a little difficult if you and your daughter are both really busy. If you plan ahead and are both willing to be a little flexible with your schedules, however, it can be easy to come up with a list of fun, cheap activities that both of you will enjoy and bond over. The following is lists of monthly activities that I have come up with that are great for any age group.
January-Sledding, hot cocoa and story time:
If you live in an area that gets snow, pick a day after a fresh snowfall, bundle up, grab a sled, and head for the nearest hill in your area. Afterward, warm up by the fire with hot coco and a good story. You can just stick with the hot coco and story if it is raining. If you happen to be lucky enough to live somewhere that is warm this winter, make cold drinks, grab a blanket, and have story time outside.
For younger girls you can easily do cut out hearts and have them color away. For your older girls, it may be nice to go pick out some nicer valentine themed paper and make scrapbook valentines.
March-Go get manicures/pedicures:
There is nothing that can make a little girl feel more like a princess than getting her nails done. It can also be a great time for you and your older daughter to talk and catch up.
April-Spring Clean your home:
While this may not seem like a fun thing to do at first, you and your daughters can make cleaning fun and bond over it. It is also a great time to teach your girls how to be good stewards of the home, especial in the future when they are married.
May-Go on a nature walk:
Go on a walk through the park or your neighborhood and appreciate the beauty God brings forth in springtime.
As spring starts to melt into summer, you and you daughter can dress up, make tea and cookies, and have teatime outside.
July-Picnic in the park:
On a day where you and your daughter need to get out of the house, you can make some sandwiches and go out to the park. If you have daughters of various age groups, try to go to a park with a playground so your younger daughters can play while you and your older daughters can talk.
August-Make a slip n’ slide
If you have a tarp, dish soap, and a hose out back, then you have a slip n’ slide. This is a great activity to do in those dog days of summer before your girls have to go back to school.
September-Have a Disney Movie marathon:
As the leaves start to turn and the air becomes cold and bitter, you and your daughter can pick a weekend to cuddle up together and watch Disney movies.
October-Make fall goodies:
For your older daughters, you could make something like caramel apples together. For younger girls, you can opt. for something a little less messy and sticky, like pumpkin cookies.
November-Take doughnuts to policeman/fireman:
What better way for you and your daughter to show your thanks to public servicemen and women than by bringing them doughnuts.
December-Volunteer/make boxes for Operation Christmas Child:
For the Christmas season, you and your daughters give to those less fortunate by volunteering at a nursing home or homeless shelter. If you really don’t have time to go and volunteer, you and your daughters could go to the dollar store and put together a couple boxes for Operation Christmas Child.