The mother-daughter bond is unique, complex and ever-changing. For your relationship to truly blossom, it’s important to set aside time to hang out with no interruptions or expectations. Find ways to connect and “go deep” so you always know how, even during tough times. Sometimes the most profound conversations happen organically when you’re doing something else.
A mother-daughter journal is a great way to share experiences, uncover hidden dreams, and swap thoughts. It’s also the perfect forum for tricky conversations – like the birds and the bees or really messy bedrooms – because it allows time to stay cool and respond honestly. Pass your journal back and forth and fill it with the things that make you laugh, that freak you out, and that blow your mind. It’s a memoir of who you are – separately and together – that you’ll keep forever.
Here’s how to get started:
Get a good book There are many mother-daughter journals published with pre-set prompts and topics at Café Press or on Amazon. If you’re the creative type, buy a nice blank book and create your journal as you go. Add photos, ticket stubs, inspiring quotes or sketches.
Lay a few ground rules and stick by them Have a set time that you’ll write – every Saturday, the first day of the month, whatever works for you. And just like Vegas, what happens on the page stays on the page! No topic should be taboo, but give each other the option to “pass.”.
Slant positive Life isn’t always rosy, and your journal will reflect the speed bumps and shadows as well as the joys and beauty. But resist the urge to use it as a place to lecture or complain. Be honest when exploring a tough topic, but always think before putting pen to paper.
Brainstorm topics and questions. Let your themes flow naturally with the events of your lives.
- Our changing bodies, puberty to menopause
- Boys, boys and…oh yeah, more boys
- Expressing your personal style
- What you want to be when you grow up, and why
- Why we always fight about (insert problem here), and how we can negotiate better?
- If you had 24 hours with no responsibilities and endless funds, what would you do?
- Inner and outer beauty
- Top five favorite songs/books/movies
Share your mother-daughter tips! What do you do to have fun together and stay connected?
(this post soon to appear on Edelbio Skin Care)