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.