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Mother and Daughter Bonding

Mothers and daughters share a special bond that lasts through their lifetimes. Make the most of the time you have together. Although the ties between mothers and daughters are already very strong, here are some tips on how you can make them even stronger.


Oil her hair

Every Sunday, make it a ritual to apply oil on your daughter's hair and massage it. Not only will doing this nourish your daughter's hair, but it will also provide you with time to bond with her. Heat a little oil, depending on the length of your daughter's hair, and apply it to her scalp with the help of a cotton ball. Don't dip your fingers in it, and don't squeeze drops directly onto your daughter's hair, as the oil will be too hot initially. Dab her scalp gently, using the cotton. After you have dabbed the oil all over her scalp, give her a good 10-20 minute head massage. Leave the television off while doing this, and let some music play, or just talk to each other, discuss her day, or tell her stories of your childhood.


Go shopping together

Go shopping together, and take her opinion into consideration. This builds her confidence. If you just ignore her opinion every time, she may not develop faith in her ability to make the right choice, and so she will not be able to make decisions confidently. If you are completely out of sync with her choice, then you could take her help to select from a few shortlisted things - for example, if you are shopping for a salwar kameez, first shortlist your selection and then ask her for her opinion. If you still are not comfortable with her judgement, then it is best that you don't solicit her opinion, or, don't take her along. You could then ask for her opinion on what you should wear before leaving for a party.


Let her help you get ready

Let your daughter help you get ready when you need to go out, in whatever small way she can contribute. Your little daughter, in all likelihood, would love to see you dressing up and getting ready. So, remove two saris and let your daughter select the one that you should wear. Similarly, solicit her opinion on jewellery etc.


Be friendly with her friends

Get to know your daughter's friends. The more comfortable you are with her friends, the more comfortable her friends will feel coming over and spending time with her. Similarly, the more likely it is that she will make you more and more a part of her world. When parents are very intimidating, friends tend to stay away and would rather have you over than come over to your place. But if you are very warm towards her friends, then they will feel welcome to come over at all times of the day - and, as your daughter enters her teens, you will be glad that all your daughter's friends would rather hang out at your place, as this means that you see more of her. Also, involvement in her friend circle means that there are more chances of you knowing what's going on. However, this doesn't mean that you don't give your daughter privacy. When her friends come over, speak to them for a short while, and then leave them alone, or they will feel that they cannot do their own thing at your place, and your good intentions will backfire!

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Name: soma
Country: India

this is really nice and true article......my sweetie is 2 yrs old and helps me doing my stuff, choosing my clothes, doing dishes, and many other things, moreover she chooses the dresses of her choice for me to wear, she does nt speak full sentences yet as she is too young but speaks all the words and make us understand what she wants.........that is so sweet.......she wants more and more time with us........she does not play alone with her toys , she will play if we play her.......
 
Name: Kavita Idnani
Country: india

this article is fabulous. i agree with this article 100%
 
Name: susmita
Country: india

the article is great.i do agree with the article fully.
 
Name: Preety
Country: India

i could well relate to this article, it was only yesterday when i took my 3 yrs old little princesses to shop along with me and i realized that i just don't require any other company..she is so particular in helping me choosing stuff. we had a great time together. thank you for the re iteration !
 
Name: mother;y
Country: Sweden

hie ..... the mother-daughter bond is a unique one ...... someone once told me 'to a mother a son forever remains a son , but a daughter becomes a friend ' how beautiful is that?
 
Name: manik
Country: India

i love my mother , father , sister , and palak
 
Name: MANIKA
Country: India

i like this artical and i agree with them
 
Name: nilanjana kakati
Country: India

hi, i am always anxious as to how can i raise my 5 years old daughter in a freindly way. this article and rather this site has helped a lot.
 
Name: Rekha
Country: India

this article has helped me know my daughter better and to give my love and attention in a whole some manner.
 
Name: fd
Country: Switzerland

its a great article....i really want my daughter to be my best freind. and share a special bond with her.
 
Name: dolly
Country: India

thanks for helping me bond with mydaughter
 
Name: ss
Country: India

hats off to this article
 
Name: sheela
Country: India

it is great article. it is very useful to bond monther-daughter relation.
 
Name: Leena
Country: U.S.A.

i love the simple and creative ideas in this article, especially how to oil your daughter's hair. i'm going to try this with my 4yr old daughter, she will love the pampering!
 
Name: dolly
Country: India

thanks for helping me bond with mydaughter
 
Name: Raji
Country: India

110/100, well wonderful ideas...please do come up with more ways of bonding between mother n daughter..."the day my baby was born, my mom told me ur new friend had just arrived in this world" now i realised how true the statement goes...
 
Name: Sarmishta
Country: India

this is a winderful article..and am also happy to share that i had tried many of these and it has worked out. especially that of the sharing of the mother's childhood days to the daughter. in fact certain things which you do not have time to tell to ur husbands regarding ur childhood can be shared with the daughter. it not only brings back the fond memories, but also helps u both laugh at the follies and mischiefs committed that time. no wonder at such instances when the child forgives our mischiefs done in the childhood, she becomes the mother....forgiving yet loving!!
 
Name: Mohd Afham
Country: India

i would like to thanks for this article. it should be tremendously available everywhere.
 
Name: VAIDEHI
Country: India

i really agree with the views and it the wonderfull comment given to us. the relation between mother and daughter is very sensitive this comments are very helpfull to me
 
Name: shine
Country: Philippines

i appreciate articles like this because it helps mother-daughter's bond grow stronger and healthier. i suggest that mothers should also offer help when needed specially on drama presentation or role plays of their children in school.
 
Name: arubz
Country: Philippines

tnx for this article it will help me improved my relationship with my daughter. i thought i was already a good mum and yet im still lacking. more power and god bless.
 
Name: Geetha
Country: U.S.A.

hi li'l girls rock,i love having my 5 yr old around in the kitchen too..she is so eager to help.we also clean and dust together,i also let her do my hair when i relax..it feels so good..and the best part is when we are getting ready for a party and we help each other out by choosing accessories e.t.c..i am so looking forward to having her as a close friend!
 
Name: Neetha
Country: India

good job, great inputs!! thank you so much for such a nice article. it helped me thinking in a more broader view. keep writing...


 

 
 
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