Dear Mummy, you are my best friend. This week we’re looking forward to celebrating International Friendship Day. We think it’s super important to be friends with your folks.
The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is observed on July 30 each year. Sometimes peace starts at home for many people and building bonds and staying friends with your family is paramount for support, love and wellbeing.
The mother-daughter relationship is one of the strongest and most complex bonds in the world. I know that my mummy always puts my needs first and above her own and for that I am thankful. We often disagree about chores and listening and I’m sure all mother and daughter relationships are tested from time to time. My mummy and I are firm friends but I often wonder whether it will still remain like this…forever.
As a token of my love for my mummy I wanted to make a friendship bracelet for her. Its our first time that we’ve made friendship bracelets together and using wool from Deramores which is supersoft. We picked up some tips from the oracle that is Pinterest.
My favourite type is the easy half chevron (diagonal) friendship bracelet made with a few knots. We’re not particular good at crafting so if we can make this – anyone can!
We came across ClaireABelleMakes with great step-by-step instructions of how to make a friendship bracelet. We started to tape it down to card as suggested, but it hurt our backs leaning over, so we tied them around our big toes and crossed our legs like daddy does to tie the bracelets. I even tried to tie it around my finger much to my mummy’s amusement.
It’s a little bit fiddly for a toddler, so I patiently sat by my mummy’s side and held the wool when asked. I watched her make the bracelets and hopefully picked up how to do it for future sessions. It’s actually very therapeutic making friendship bracelets and the wool isn’t too bulky to use and very colourful!
Why not check out some fab tutorials on how to make Friendship Bracelets on our Pinterest board.
Tah Dah! It didn’t look too shabby for a toddler and a mummy’s first attempt together! If you want to build and maintain a wonderful mother daughter bond (not just with wool), here are four suggestions on how to do it:
1) Make mother and daughter time
I know how important my relationship with my mother is. Even though we are both busy (she works full-time and I go to nursery) We still spend quality time in the evenings and at weekends doing fun things such as crafting, playing games, days out and having lots of cuddles. This makes me feel valued and involved.
2) Honesty is the best policy
In a mother daughter relationship, there is no space for lies or telling tales. Little ones should not fear to speak the truth. Parents shouldn’t be too hard on daughters. Keep talking and being open, a relationship is built on good communication and politeness.
3) Support and encourage me
I’m a crazy toddler at the moment with BIG dreams and a BIG heart. There is so many things I want to do and want to be. Not once has my mummy discourage me from doing things (unless it’s naughty of course). I hope she will continue to support me no matter what I do even if we share a difference of opinion.
4) Open your ears and listen
My mummy always try’s to listen to me, even if she’s stressed, tired or overwhelmed. I often whisper into my mummy’s ear when I have something embarrassing or uneasy that I want to talk to her about. A daughter needs a friend who loves her unconditionally, and if she is looking for a friend in you, that’s a good start to a healthy relationship. A mother should be the one person you can always turn to without a single hesitation. Always make peace with your mother or daughter, you never know when something might happen and the chance to talk again will be lost.
This year why not make a friendship bracelet for your mum or daughter and show how much you care, it’s a small gesture that can make a big difference.
Love Bella xx
Fancy making a friendship bracelet with Deramores wool? Why not pop over and have a look at their colourful range!
Disclaimer: In collaboration with Deramores.
30 thoughts on “Strengthening the Mother Daughter Bond”
Aww, what a great idea. I used to make friendship bracelets loads when I was in school. You picked great colours for it. x
Thanks! We’re not the best crafters but it was great fun and the result is quite pretty 🙂
Super cute photos!!! Cannot wait till my little girl is big enough to just ‘hang out’ with me. #TwinklyTuesday
There’s nothing better 🙂 We don’t do it enough xx
What a cute idea! What a lovely way to spend time together too. You’ll have to keep the bracelet as a keepsake. #twinklytuesday
Aww I love this! I have loads of left over wool from past projects so mayy give this a go, my boy would love running about with the ball of yarn, and the cat would actually. I think you made a beautiful bracelet together and great tips for strengthening the mother/child bond xx #TwinklyTuesday
Thanks Wendy, I would have tied us together with the wool if I’d had the chance!!
I used to make alot of friendship bracelets and I think you have inspired me to start a little friendship making frenzy tonight. I hope my boys enjoy them 🙂
It’s great fun, I just need to make more time to make them!
A lovely way to celebrate together. We make friendship bracelets and hair braids together in activity hour, kids love them. Popping by today from #TwinklyTuesday
Thanks Fiona, it was our first attempt at making them together 🙂
Ah this is cute, I remember spending hours of my childhood making friendship bracelets. We didn’t have pinterest to go to then so I can’t imagine they were very pretty! #twinklytuesday
Ours aren’t much better, but it’s the thought that counts xx
This is really lovely – I used to make friendship bracelets all the time at school. I think I’ll get the wool out later and give it a shot with NG! #twinklytuesdays
Aww, I so agree. That is a lovely way to strengthen/celebrate the bond with you and your mummy. Would love to do this too with my daughter 🙂
This is so cute and creative! I love all the photo’s and your little one looks so happy to be spending that time with you! Cherish every single moment, she’ll remember it forever..
Aw this is such a cute post, I was saying awww that is so cute a lot as I read it x
Love this! I not crafty but would love to be any to make this with my daughters! Shame they would properly end up strangling themselves though…
This is the cutest. Would love to try this with my daughter.
Beautiful post and a lovely idea
Juts teaching Eliza how to make friendship bracelets – she hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet
That’s really cute, I didn’t know how to make friendship bracelets before. I think it’s a great activity to do with your daughter.
I used to love making these when I was a kid. What a great way to enjoy Mother & Daughter time
Love these and the fact that national friendship day is on my birthday.. I never knew! Marie
Oh this is such a sweet idea! Gorgeous photos! x
That is so lovely – I love the friendship bracelet and also the mother and daughter bonding. Our relationships with our children are so important. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
This post resonated with me as I have 5 daughters! I like your emphasis on communication being the key. This is still so true of my tween/teens. Be that person they will come and talk to, but give them space to make their own mistakes. Lovely friendship bracelets 🙂 Alison x #DreanTeam
This looks like a beautiful memory to have made. My daughter is 19 months and I do try and have a healthy, happy and fun relationship with her already – creating those important foundations for later years. This post has made me super excited to be able to do things like this with her in the future. Thank you for a touching, beautiful post #dreamteam
Oh yes.. that mother and daughter bond is certainly a huge one. Those bracelets look so cute. I think making these during quiet time before bedtime could be a real treat. I might just give this a go. Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam xx
It really is beautiful when you create jewellery from daily items and use it make wonderful bracelets.