Parenting

Mother-Daughter Bucket List

October 23, 2013

A few years ago, I visited Emily at Samford University. She was loving being a senior there and had big plans for the entire year.  To make those plans, she and her roommates made a “Senior Bucket List” and pinned it to the fridge.

The list was fun to read and, at the same time, a kick in the gut. Time is a vapor, it just floats away from us. I need to make moments happen with my girls, but it takes really careful planning because they are busy and living in different cities. I realized that I needed a bucket list to make sure I captured some moments with my kids. So I took a stab at this one and a Mother-Son Bucket List.

It’s a list with no age limit and no deadline. Personalize it to fit your own interests and your girls’ ages.  Just remember: It’s not about how many items you cross off, but rather that you complete them together.  

Mother-Daughter Bucket List

  1. Develop a signature family recipe.
  2. See a Broadway play.
  3. Get in the car and spontaneously drive somewhere.
  4. Take a mother-daughter trip abroad.
  5. Have a mother-daughter photo shoot. Include Grandma in the photoshoot to make it extra special (from Megan B) 
  6. Bury a time capsule.
  7. Complete a physical challenge: climb a mountain, hike a trail, run/walk a marathon, etc.
  8. Write a list of qualities that your daughter should look for in a man.
  9. Serve at a local shelter.
  10. Plan an outing for every holiday: pumpkin patch, Christmas tea, etc.
  11. Get a free makeover at a department store.
  12. Do a Bible study together.
  13. Plant a garden with your favorite flowers.
  14. Go to a weekend arts/crafts class.
  15. Make homemade ice cream.
  16. See your favorite sports team play live.
  17. Have a classic movie marathon.
  18. Go on a special shopping spree.
  19. Play in the rain.
  20. Redecorate your daughter’s room.
  21. Learn how to change a tire. (Hopefully not because you have a flat!)
  22. Explore the local places you’ve never been.
  23. Get up early and watch the sunrise.
  24. See each of your favorite bands together.
  25. Go shopping and try on outfits you would never think of purchasing.
  26. Have karaoke night.
  27. Update and paint a room in your house.
  28. Visit every local museum.
  29. Have a spa weekend: at-home or out and about.
  30. Visit a big city for a weekend.
  31. Do something only your daughter has always wanted to do.
  32. Do something only your mom has always wanted to do.
  33. Try something that challenges your fears together. If you have different fears to overcome switch off and be a support for one another… Skydiving anyone? 
  34. Give Grandma a surprise. Take her out spontaneously. Double Mother-Daughter Day! (from Elaine Wu see below)
  35. Look at baby photos of both of you and reminisce together; share ancestor stories/favorite memories. (from Anita see below)
  36. Lay in the grass in the summer together and make pictures out of the clouds. (from Stephanie B)
  37. Journal: From when they’re little, keep track of it in a journal so they can have it later. Add pics to it if you want :). (from Keechlet Momma)
  38. My daughter and I did pottery together. She loved it and now wants to start a collection (from Patricia)
  39. Test drive or rent your dream car (that you have no intention of buying) together. (from Ashli)
  40. How about dancing? Just turn on music at-home and dance until you drop. Or play old songs and show her how to do the moves :). (from Stephanie Fuller)
  41. Go out and get a special dessert together. (from Heather)
  42. Start a family cookbook to save all the special family recipes and pass them on to the next generation (don’t forget to cook your way through it too!) (from Nj Mom) 
  43. Create a surprise dinner for the men (father, brother, boyfriend, husband, etc.) in your life, while they are out on a father/son adventure. Pick a theme; Mexican Fiesta, Summer Picnic, Fabulous Fondue, etc. Light candles, share memories, be their waitresses…make it spectacular! (from Angela B)
  44. Dress up: Do each other’s hair and makeup. Dress in fancy dresses and have a nice dinner party. Make sure to take pictures together. (This can be done at any and all ages and is a great reminder that beauty is external AND internal!) (from Kaynaydian)
     

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Add to this list…Tell me what’s on your mother/daughter bucket list?

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  • Our Vintage Life

    Great, great, idea!

  • Elaine Wu

    Give Grandma a Surprise. Take her our spontaneously. Double Mother-Daughter Day

  • Callie_Maddie

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these ideas. you are the best !

  • anita

    fun ideas! Also: look at baby photos of both of you and reminisce together; Share ancestor stories/favorite memories

  • Megan Bliesner✌

    Include Grandma in the photo shoot. I have a “four generations” picture that I’ll cherish forever. Me, my mom, my memaw and my Mama Rosie (great grandmother)

    • Kim McClintic

      I have one of these as well. It is a “five generation” picture. I thank my mother that she had enough foresight to have the picture taken. I was about two but it has me, my mother, my mawmaw, Mother (my great-grandmother) and Mama (my great, great-grandmother). I love it. What’s more is everyone in the picture was the first born. My grandmother passed away last year and I so wish we had done it again with my daughters. I will not waste anymore time. I am going to do one with my mother and my girls. Thanks for this reminder

    • Boredatwork

      Aww, sweet. Wish we could do that. We could do (all paternal) Great-Grandma, Papa (GG’s son) or Memaw (GG’s daughter in law), then my husband, then our 2 kids? LOL not exactly the same, but still would be nice.
      We have taken family shots with my mom, sisters, and our kids, but not professionally.

  • Keechlet Momma

    for when they’re little, keep track of it in a journal they can have later – add pics to it if you want 🙂 I’ve started one for my girls (2 & 10 mo) and I only write it in it if we do something “special” – they were both sick this weekend – that’s going in there because we spent most of it in pajamas!

  • Sue Broihahn

    Miss Kelly sent this and I loved it. We’ll no doubt add a few more things to our list!

  • Stephanie B

    How about lay in the grass in the summer together and making pictures out of the clouds?!

  • Beth Hornbeck

    Love this is soo want to live it!

  • Kaynaydian

    Do each other’s hair and makeup, dress in fancy dresses and have a nice dinner party. Make sure to take pictures together. (This can be done at any and all ages and is a great reminder that beauty is external AND internal!)

    • Love it and remember doing this with my mom’s old bridesmaids dresses. I have pictures of my sister and I all dressed up having tea!

  • Stephanie Fuller

    Love this so much 🙂 I have boy/girl twins and I have felt like I never have time with each child individually. This gives me a place to start! They’re always together when we make memories, which is great, but I’d love to make some memories individually with my children.

    How about dancing? Just turn on music at home and dance until you drop. Or play old songs and show her how to do the moves 🙂

  • Ashli

    Test drive your dream car (that you have no intention of buying) together.

    • Never would have thought about that but I have always wanted to drive a convertible. How about even renting one for a day?

  • Patricia

    My daughter and I did pottery together. She loved and now wants to start a collection

  • Laura Spaulding

    Play in the rain and splash through all the puddles

    • Tracy Sykes

      Love doing this !!!!

  • Angela Beauchamp

    Create a surprise dinner for the men (father, brother, boyfriend, husband, etc.) in your life, while they are out on a father/son adventure. Pick a theme; Mexican Fiesta, Summer Picnic, Fabulous Fondue, etc. Light candles, share memories, be their waitresses…make it spectacular!

  • Heather

    Build an inukshuk together.
    Make “delivery meals” for Nana who lives in another city.
    Go out for a special dessert.

  • Lyss

    Go to an ancestry site to see what you can dig up and learn about your family.

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  • stacia

    Help my daughter achieve her Girl Scout gold award, just like my mother helped me to achieve mine. Help make her a stronger woman.

  • Rebecca ~ Thoughts of Raige

    great idea! I should get together with my daughter before she goes off to college….
    and the son one, I love it. The hard part is getting the sons involved, right? lol.

  • carrileah

    Susan, this is such a wonderful post….I urge all moms to call their daughters today and start ticking off the boxes on their bucket list. I lost my daughter in November and wish that I could call her now to suggest a trip to the beach or an afternoon of baking cookies or getting our nails done. Don’t wait to fulfill your bucket list……love & light

    • Carrileah, thank you for the precious reminder of the frailty of life. I pray you find comfort in the love you shared.

  • lee

    How about a sisters bucket list?

  • Clarissa

    Cut your hair short and donate it to locks of love

  • susan

    I sent this to my daughter and daughter-law. Hope to finish our list soon and then get BUSY!

  • Mg

    Sit her in your lap and rock her at least once every time she visits no matter how old she gets.

  • Tara

    Do something crazy together like skydiving, parasailing, or getting tattoos!

  • Carol Tanner Burchett

    Plan a day to give back. Pass out food at homeless shelter, bring toys to Children’s hospital, write letters to soldiers/vets. Show her how to appreciate what she has

  • Nj mom

    Every year we take a “girl trip.” My mother, my daughter and me. Two nights to a place we all enjoy, doing what we enjoy. It started the yr I graduated college and my daughter began going when she turned two. She is about to turn 10. We now take my son once a year for a weekend too. He is 12. For both it’s mostly about the time together than the place.

    Another idea – start a family cookbook. My mom bought a blank journal and filled it with her go-to recipes. It was a gift when I moved out on my own. I add to it as I find new things. My daughter has asked for one of her own.

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  • Grateful…

    Thanks for this. My mom is paralyzed now and I teared up just opening it, thinking of all the things we will never be able to to do. But reading through I realized, there were so many things we got to do together and those are memories I will always cherish.

    • So beautiful that you realize and remember all the things you have done. Your must have an amazing mom.

  • Twila Myers

    Do a photoshoot of your daughter outside, while it’s snowing

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  • Saue78

    We have an every Sunday outing to the farmers market, while there since she was 2 I’ve bought her a flower or flowers (funds permiting on one or more) She is now 11 and tells everyone about her flowers (a memory she will have always)

  • Asia

    What inspired number 12, “Do a Bible study together”?

  • Christine Sullivan

    Love these! Just sent them to my 12 year baby, too! Now to check out the boys list…
    And by the way, Go Bulldogs! Lol

  • cynthia main

    Some of this might be too late for me…….but I like the 4 genetation photo shot!!!

  • L Avila

    Susan, Could you share the Template for the cover of a book I’d like to make and give to my daughter? That would be great!

    • Great idea…. what size are you thinking? I will have Reed our designer alter this graphic to the right size. It’s current size would be too small to print.

      • L Avila

        Thanks Susan for replying, I am thinking of a full size 1 inch binder which is a 8.5 x 11 sheet . If he can provide a vector file than I can fit to size.

        • Our graphic designer is on vacation, but let me see if one of our interns do it tomorrow.

        • Good morning! You can find the PDF version of the printable covers above. They are 8.5×11 and perfect for printing! Please let me know if you need anything else.

      • L Avila

        Hi Susan, Just wandering if you had a chance to possibly get the template for your Mother Daughter Bucket List for me? I had also reached out to your husband on his Father Daughter template as well and I have no response there? My husbands birthday is next Saturday the 1st and we have everything put together except no cover.. can you ask him for that as well?

  • JennJones

    Because I am the mom of four boys, this list pretty much describes our life! 🙂 But one of the coolest things by far happened a few weeks ago. For his 18th birthday (and my 45th), my son and I went skydiving together! Amazing and very memorable day!