Quality Time With Teenage Daughters from Kelly Pfeiffer
Mom-daughter bonding activities that are budget friendly can teach teen girls how to have fun and stay connected with others, especially mom, in ways that can be especially helpful during adulthood. Spending quality time with teenagers can even improve teen behavior. Of all the gifts to give a teenager daughter, quality time is the one teens will remember most.
Bonding activities with teens don’t have to involve spending tons of money. These ideas offer budget friendly inspiration for moms to stay connected to teenage daughters.
Hobbies are a great way for moms and daughters to stay connected and inspire each other. Knitting, art journaling and jewelry making are hot crafts at the moment, but any shared art or craft interest will do. Bottle cap necklaces are low cost, easy to make and popular with teen girls. Digital photography can be budget friendly once a digital camera is purchased.
Cooking Activities to Stay Connected: Cooking family recipes, a teenage daughter’s favorite recipes or just any dish together can keep a mom and daughter busy with bonding activities for weeks. One great thing about cooking is sharing it with others. A way to share the wealth is to pair cooking with a small get together. Mom and daughter can spend quality time together preparing a meal and friends can come over after the food is cooked.
Mom-Daughter Stay Home Movie Night: Cozy pajamas, blankets and popcorn in front of movie work great for a laid-back, stay at home evening. If teen girls have seen all of the current movies, moms can introduce daughters to throw back classic movies. Classic movies for today’s teen girls can mean renting movies from (gasp!) the 1980’s. Movies such as Ghost, Back to the Future and Coming to America still appeal to teens.
Staying Connected With Board Games: Scrabble©, Othello©, Pente©, and Chess are only a few two-player board games for spending mom daughter time together. Just “where” to play a game can be part of the fun of playing board games with a teenage daughter. In front of a fireplace? At a park? At a local coffee shop? In a tent in the backyard? The ideas are endless for choosing different places to play board games together.
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Here’s a Halloween Scavenger Hunt for your group!
Divide into teams. Set a time – about 20 minutes seems to work well. This is fun to play outside at dusk or night. Make sure everyone has a flashlight! Whichever team finds the most items wins! Of course everyone wins from all the giggles and running around!
- Find something as fluffy as a ghost .
- Find something as black as a witches hat.
- Find something as bristly as a witches broom
- Find something as round as a full moon
- Find something as sweet as candy corn
- Find something as green as a goblin
- Find something as hard as a skull
- Find something as furry as a black cat
- Find something as slimy as the inside of a pumpkin
- Find something as crunchy as a dried out leaf
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TEAM BONDING GAMES FOR GIRLS
Team bonding is a very important process that will help to ensure a close-knit team. Here are a few team bonding games for girls. Share your favorite team bonding games in the comments section below.
A strong team or cheer squad becomes one in purpose and desire, Encouragement is very important in team bonding. If team members try to motivate one another, everyone will try harder to accomplish team objectives. Teambuilding games are a fun way to develop cohesiveness. They tear down walls in communications, provide avenues that encourage discussion, and increase productivity. Team building takes time but the end results are well worth the extra time. It is an ongoing process that boosts commitment.
Relay Lock Race- Each person selects a partner. They stand back to back and lock arms by the elbows while holding their own stomach with their hands. The coach gives the instruction to get from one side of the gym to the other. Don’t give them specific instructions on how to get to the finish line other than they can’t let go of their stomachs. This causes creativity and laughter.
Shoe Game – Have everyone take off their shoes and put them in a pile in the middle of the room. Mix the shoes up. Divide the cheerleaders into 2 groups. See which group can find their shoes and put them on first. When they have their shoes on the team done first must sit on the floor.
Truths and a Lie – Each team member writes 2 true facts and one lie on a card. The coach collects the cards and reads them aloud. The rest of the squad tries to guess who it is and which fact is the lie.
Trust Fall- Cheerleaders sit in a close circle with their legs straight and arms out. One cheerleader stands in the center of the circle. She should have everyone’s feet around her ankles. The girl in the center squeezes all her muscles and is very tight. She falls to the side and the other cheerleaders catch her and push her back and forth in the circle. Let all members be the one in the center.
To Be Or Knot To Be – You need an even number of students, ideally no larger than twelve. Form a circle facing each other (the difficulty of the activity increases, the greater the number of students in the group). Students close their eyes and reach across the circle with their right hand to grasp the right hand of another student. They should pretend that they are shaking hands – but hold on! With eyes open, have each student reach across the circle with their left hand and grasp the left hand of a different student. No student should be holding both hands of the same person. Now, without letting go, have the students untangle themselves. The result should be a circle of intertwined circles, or one large circle.
Ball of String – While standing in a circle; pass a ball of string from one member to another. The rules are only the person with the string can talk. After everyone has had their turn to speak and share their feelings, there will be a web of string. This web illustrates the interconnected nature of group process. Everything they do and say affects the team. Now toss a balloon in the middle and have them try to keep it. They are not allowed to touch it. This symbolizes “teamwork”.Read More »
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