In honor of Mother’s Day, this post was written by mother-daughter duo, Jenna and Zoe Hallock.
Zoe: I can’t believe that Mother’s Day is here already and school is almost out for the year…
Jenna: … and long days by the pool are just around the corner!
Zoe: I know, being a teenager and all, that moms give us kids waaaaay more grace than we deserve, and Mother’s Day is a perfect way to celebrate that, and everything else, that moms do for us.
Jenna: Of course, none of us deserve grace. It’s a beautiful gift we can give one another, especially as we grow our relationship as mother and daughter.
So with summer in mind, we have decided to give you five things you can do to strengthen your relationship.
- Zoe: Dress up! For girls of all ages, this is one of the most fun things that you can do together. Whether it’s getting out the old princess dresses and comically sized pearls, or going to your daughter’s favorite store and letting her try on things to her heart’s desire, it is a good way to make her feel special, have fun together and remind her that she is beautiful in God’s eyes (and yours) no matter what others say.
- Jenna: Just dance! Moving together is great stress relief and just good fun. Whether it’s pop, jazz, rock or praise music kick up your heels and sing along!
- Zoe: Story time! For older girls, watch as her imagination goes wildly into different plots and crazy characters while you struggle to keep up. For younger girls, help her tell the story involving her favorite bear. Either way, be creative together and reminder her she’s a part of God’s story.
- Zoe: Take a hike! No, seriously, walk with her. Talk with her. Sometimes all your daughter needs is for someone to sit and listen. I know, no matter what we try to say, there is always something that girls need to talk about. And no matter what, even if she doesn’t tell you, just being there for her matters (and maybe cheering her up with some sweets). And for little girls, you can show her all the love in the world by patiently listening while she blabbers on absolutely everything.
- Jenna: Bible time! Reading your daughter a Bible study, your favorite verses, or just showing her where to start in the Word, the Bible, is something that will be valuable for her entire life. No matter her age, showing her the way to a personal relationship with Jesus is the best thing that you could ever do for your daughter.
Whatever you do together, remember that L-O-V-E is often spelled T-I-M-E. Share your time and share your love… it will give your relationship a solid foundation to be built on for years to come.
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice!
Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace.
And the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Moms and daughters, what are your favorite things to do together?
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training