Tara Lisciandro-Hornich is a Type 2/3 curly mom as well as healthy lifestyle advocate.
The nature of the child is an amazing one. Taking moments to truly be with your child, and spend quality, wholesome time together, can change your own outlook on parenting, and simple day to day tasks. Below are a few ideas and activities that you can share with your daughter. Remember, they can all be enjoyed together, as long as you are mindful as you do them.
Being mindful is simple, but not always easy. Being mindful simply put is staying in the present moment, being aware of what is taking place with all of your senses, and passing no judgement as you do so. Being mindful, while playing and being with your child, may just turn playtime, story time and “girl” time into something a little more, if you practice.
1. Beauty/Spa Day!
Taking your toddler or little one to a spa doesn’t have to be expensive ... Shop a local drug store together to pick out a fun, new nail polish color, loofah and bath soap or bubbles. At home, fill a tub with your new bubbles , teach your daughter how to use a loofah and soak in the beautiful scents of lavender, citrus or berries. Follow up a perfect bath with a mani/pedi for the both of you - at home. If your daughter is old enough, allow her to paint your toes or hands too!
2. Tea and Books
It’s never too early to introduce fine teas to children. Look for teas with little to zero caffiene. There are a variety of peach and white teas that may appeal to your daughter, try them out. Then find a comfy place at home where the two of you can curl up with a blanket, your teas and a good book. Make it a ritual.
3. Kitchen Time
Take out grandma’s old recipe cards or a favorite cook book and begin to teach your daughter how to make a family culinary tradition. Don’t have one? Start your own and create your own cookbook with your daughter!
4. The Art of the Garden
Find a little place in your yard to start a small garden, or, if you’re limited for space, start a container garden. Pick a few plants, like lavender, that you can plant, grow and use. Some plants can be dried, like lavendar, and used for other projects. Having time spent outdoors together, and creating something for the family is an amazing way to bond and share quality time together.
5. Turn Your Home Into a Salon!
Browse through your favorite health and beauty stores with your daughter and take home a few favorite , or new, shampoos, conditioners, gels, or items to make your own products. Once home, have your daughter play the part of the stylist and allow her to apply products to your hair and style it. If she’s too young, moms can play the stylist. After wash and conditioning, play up your daughter’s hair with something new and different. Try an up do or pig tails, braids or play with hair bands and clips, things she doesn’t normally wear. Finish off your salon time by taking some photos of the two of you to capture and remember the fun!