Bonding over milkshake and chips

by admin on April 17, 2013

Mother And Daughter bonding, Painting by Natalia Tejera

 

School holidays are finally over. (That wasn’t me you saw dancing with joy as I put Miss C on the school bus this morning.) Life will return to normal and I can attack my ever-increasing list of things to do and pile of papers that have built up over the last month. Luckily Miss C was desperate to go back to school, mainly to show off her new flashing black school shoes. (Thanks Granny and Grandpa for that.)

Last week, I made a special effort to spend some ‘quality’ time together, just me and her. I think she sometimes feels a bit neglected as her boisterous little sister is often the focus of my attention, or I’m busy writing some article or other, so she’s palmed off onto our maid who takes her to the playground. The advantage of being an expat mum living in Singapore, is that I can hand her over to our maid if I have something to do. The problem with being a mother, is that you feel guilty, no matter what you do. My guilt is that I don’t spend enough time with her, so I decided to organise a mother-daughter bonding day out.

First up, a ‘Mummy and me’ pedicure at Buff and Rubz on Robertson Quay. Not the best one I’ve ever had, but still. After lengthy deliberation she went for the brightest, bluest colour possible, I gritted my teeth, having hoped she’d go for an inoffensive shade of pale pink. But, there was no chance of that, as she had denounced all things pink earlier in the week. Having forgotten to bring flip flops, I let her walk on bare feet to avoid ruining the polish with her closed toe shoes, and she proudly flashed her little blue tootsies as we walked down the road.

Then we headed to Boomarang for a chips and milkshake treat, temporarily halting my healthy eating drive (all in the name of bonding).

It was nice to be able to focus 100% on Miss C for once. She’s so smart and cute and funny, and I love that we can have proper conversations now. I felt more connected to her after our day together and she enjoyed it too (I think).  It’s made me realise how important it is to make this a regular thing, and to spend one on one time with her. I recently read somewhere that if you have a close relationship with your kids in the early years, you’re more likely to stay close to them when they become teenagers and older. If this is true, then it’s important to put the effort in now.

Perhaps next time we’ll bond over shopping and sushi.

What do you do to bond with your  daughters (or sons)?

 

Image: Mother and Daughter by Natalia Tejera

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicola April 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Took my first trip with my nearly four year old! Was so nice to have her all to myself for a few days. Although it did make me realise she does not stop talking!!!!

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admin April 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm

It’s normally my husband who does things with her, he takes her to the cinema, he took her up to his family when we were in the UK, whilst I stay with my toddler, so it’s nice for it to be me doing something with her for a change.

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Michelle | The American Resident April 19, 2013 at 5:01 am

Lovely post, really a good read! Our most recent thing is to have lunch at Costas or Starbucks because my daughter loves the paninis. We sit and chat and people watch then continue doing some errands/shopping. We also spend a lot of time in the car together, on the school run but also going to rowing every weekend so we spend a lot of time just talking, talking, talking.

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admin April 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

Thanks for your lovely comment, nice to hear on a Friday morning. I don’t do the school run as we don’t have a car, so she goes on the school bus. Talking and generally having fun together is so important.

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Emma April 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Lovely post. I enjoy the rare bonding days I have with my daughter, even though they are few and far between…

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admin May 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Thanks, I’m definitely going to do more of them.

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