“I really saw clearly, and for the first time, why a mother is really important. Not just because she feeds and also loves and cuddles and even mollycoddles a child, but because in an interesting and maybe an eerie and unworldly way, she stands in the gap. She stands between the unknown and the known.”
—Maya Angelou, Mom & Me & Mom
What is Root & Bloom:
The primary focus of Root & Bloom is strengthening the relationship between mothers and their daughters by creating positive “mommy and me” experiences.Girls who have a broken relationship with their mothers are more prone to have attachment issues, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, conflict resolution issues, and depression. Furthermore, Root & Bloom’s mission is to help build that mother-daughter bond, to ensure the success and growth of both mothers and daughters. There will be bi-monthly, “mommy and me” meetings that promote mother-daughter bonding.
“According to the 2016 study on 35 families, the part of the brain that regulates emotions is more similar between mothers and daughters than any other
— Emily Grover, “It’s Science: The Mother-Daughter Bond is Even More Powerful Than we Thought”
The importance of the mother-daughter bond:
Having a close bond with both parents is essential to any child. However, there is something special about the mother-daughter bond. Mothers are more likely to understand some of the issues that their daughter may face. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, mothers can be dismissive, controlling, unavailable, enmeshed, combative, unreliable, self-involved, or role-reversed. These are all examples of toxictraits that may have a negative affect on mother-daughter bond. Root & Bloom wants to help eliminate these traits and rebuild the bond.
How to bond with your daughter based on her age:
It is important to start building the mother-daughter bond from a young age, but it is never too late to start or rehabilitate the bond. Root & Bloom is specifically for mothers and their daughters who are between the ages 8 and 19. Knowing the specific activities a mother can do with her daughter based off of her age can help improve the mother
Kindergartner through 3rd Grade:
“A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.”
At this age, your daughter is getting familiar with school and developing more cognitive and physical abilities. Activities such as baking, learning to ride a ride a bike, or reading a book that portrays good themes such as kindness and sharing are essential to the mother-daughter bond.
4th and 5th Grade:
“If you ever feel like giving up, just remember there is a little girl watching who wants to be just like you.” – Unknown
In the 4th and 5th grade, your daughter should begin to develop a sense of individuality and independence. She might show interests in sports or hobbies and the best way to bond with your daughter is to support her in her activities and help her expand her skills in her certain interest.
“A mother is the only person in the world, who can turn daughter’s worries and fears into happiness.” – Unknown
Middle school can be tough because of the hormonal changes that your daughter is experiencing. At this age, you should spend a couple hours with her on the weekend butallow her to pick the activity. This way, you can learn their interests and what they like to do. It is also important to not be combative at this stage, but instead remain calm and communicate well.
High school through young adulthood:
“The more a daughter knows the details of her mother’s life the stronger the daughter.”
– Anita Diamant
By this age, the amount of time you have to bond with your daughter might significantly decrease. However, you should not force the bonding time. Instead, take advantage of the little time you do have and occasionally plan fun outings.
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