Six Conversation Inducing Things To Do With Your Girls
By Knight Stivender
We always want more wonderful conversations and momentous experiences with our girls and moms, wise women and leading ladies.
So we put together six of our favorite tips and techniques for great conversation-inducing things to do with your girls. Ideas to add? Please share!
1. Host multigenerational slumber parties.
Give the girls space to do their thing and the moms, aunts and “other mothers” space for theirs. If you’re really lucky, you live close enough to grandmothers and can invite them, too. Have dinner and breakfast together, watch crowdpleasing movies together, and enjoy the conversations that occur.
2. Make video interviews of your wise women.
We all have older women in our lives who have blazed trails, set standards and led us to greener, greater pastures. Our friend Rebecca Price calls them “Wise Women”. Our advice is to capture these ladies on video as often as you can. I’m personally so grateful to have done this with my own grandmother, Martha Hall, a few years ago. She died this past fall and it’s a blessing to hear her wise words when I need them.
3. Designate an “Other Mother” for tough conversations and rough patches.
My Girls To The Moon cofounders are among my daughter’s “Other Mothers”, as are several other wonderful women who understand me, my girl, and our relationship. An Other Mother is a woman who will be there to answer the difficult, awkward or embarrassing questions your daughter may not necessarily feel comfortable discussing with you, and will answer them with your values and daughter’s best interest in mind.
4. Create a “Period Care Package”.
When a girl gets her period for the first time, it can be a really stressful time. Make it a little easier with a prepackaged Period Care Package that she knows about in advance so that the mystique (and fear) is gone. Fill it with hygiene products, Ibuprofen, chocolate, comfortable PJs, hot tea, etc. basically the basics plus whatever makes your girl feel comfortable and happy.
5. Go on a Mother/Daughter road trip.
All three of the GTTM cofounders (and our moms and daughters) agree: Some of the best conversations we’ve ever had with our moms have been in the car (or plane), on our way to somewhere as mundane as the mall or profound as the Taj Mahal. Get away this year, even if it’s just 30 minutes in a direction you don’t normally travel.
6. Spend a day making casseroles and pies for other people.
Similar to the road trip for great organic conversation is a day spent chopping produce and baking casseroles and pies for friends, neighbors and your own freezer stockpile. If your daughter is old enough to have a Pinterest page, let her take the lead on planning for this by pinning recipes and ideas in advance.