Your mother-daughter bucket list.

By Betsy Cribb
December 05, 2018

When it comes to family relationships, there’s nothing quite like the bond between mother and daughter. Just look at The Golden Girls’   iconic (and always funny) mother-daughter duo, Sophia and Dorothy, or Gilmore Girls’ equally memorable (and equally kooky) Lorelai and Rory. It’s no wonder we daughters want to grow up to be just like our moms! Here, we’ve rounded up 7 ways to celebrate those unique mother-daughter friendships.

1. Go on a Road Trip.

Pick a spot on the map, crank up the tunes, and drive! Wind along the Blue Ridge Parkway for dreamy fall foliage, or rent an open-air convertible for a salty spin down Florida’s beachfront Highway 30-A. After all, there’s no better way to bond with your world’s leading lady than exploring a fun new destination. Ever seen Thelma & Louise? (Not that we’d recommend taking their exact approach…)

2. Try Something New.

It’s a lot easier to venture out of your comfort zone when you’ve got your best gal beside you. Check out the yoga offerings at your local rec center, or take a class on how to make pho. Sign up for archery lessons, or give watercolors a whirl. And if you’re both daredevil types, try something really wild: Skydiving, anyone?

3. Volunteer Together.

Your mom’s the one who taught you what it means to be generous with your time and what it looks like to serve your community well, so find an organization where the two of you can give back together. Serve breakfast at a women’s shelter, or tutor students at an afterschool program. Join a group that organizes trash cleanups, or go play games at the local nursing home.

4. Run (or Walk) a Race.

Lace up those running shoes, and hit the pavement! Having a buddy gives you accountability, encouragement, and mid-run entertainment. Plus, because road races are hosted all over the South, it’s a dynamite excuse to have a girls’ weekend getaway somewhere fun: Seaside, Florida, is home to a 5K and half-marathon in the fall, while Charleston hosts its 10K Cooper River Bridge Run in the spring.

5. Make an Old Family Recipe.

Sure, store-bought dough and mixes make baking a lot easier (and we’ll never judge!), but there’s just no substitute for the time-intensive real deal. Dust off the family cookbook, and give your grandmama’s biscuits a go, or spend a Saturday morning working great aunt Sue’s homemade pie dough into a fanciful pattern that’s worthy of the holiday dessert table.

6. Read the Same Book at the Same Time.

It’s like having your own mini book club, minus all the discussion questions, plus the added bonus of being able to shriek over the book’s “OMG! Can you believe that happened?” moments, judgment-free, because you know you and your mom are on the same page…literally.

7. Build Something.

Channel your inner Chip and Joanna, and put your hands to work! Start small and build a birdhouse for the yard, or tackle a bigger DIY project and craft a wooden headboard that can be upholstered for a magazine-worthy dupe. A little creative collaboration is always good for mother-daughter bonding.

Comments (6)

December 14, 2018
We live in qld Australia, I’m a single mum of two. I have a 6yr old daughter and a 3yr old son, I always try to make time once a month to have a mummy daughter date where she can have a few hours of undivided attention- we usually get ice cream and churros, a movie or even a swim and a walk. It’s the best time. I road trip with both of my kids, got to the beach, travel 12hrs down to visit family. I love my little family and the time we spend together
December 12, 2018
I have been lucky to do many of the things listed, alone with my daughter and alone with my son. Memories that were made are the dearest to me. I'll have to pursue the ones on the list we haven't tried yet. Great ideas!
December 12, 2018
Every December me and my 2 daughters head out for a full day of shopping at the L&M Emporium; and I do their Christmas and birthday shopping. It's so nice doing and finding them things they like. As they're 2 wonderful daughters.
December 11, 2018
My daughters and I are taking a trip next month to celebrate my 70th Birthday, so looking forward to the memories
December 11, 2018
These would also be great to do with a sibling if both parents are no longer with you!
December 11, 2018
Every one of these could also be done with a mother and son combo. Thanks for the inspiration!