If you ask any mom what her favorite part of parenting is, it’s likely that her answer (after the kisses and snuggles) is planning a surprise for her little one.
Once we see the spark in our children’s eyes when they’re delighted by something that they weren’t expecting, it’s hard not get hooked.
I remember putting up our Christmas tree when Ayva was only 2. I hung most of the ornaments, leaving a few for her to hang. Before I brought her into the living room, I turned on the tree lights, then I called her to come downstairs.
She was concentrating on making it down the steps so it took a few moments before she noticed the tree.
Once she did, though, she was completely still.
Her eyes were huge, and slowly a huge grin spread across her face until she was laughing and screaming at the same time. “Look, Mommy! The tree!”
For the rest of the evening she could only talk about how beautiful the lights were and how much she loved our tree.
That night was one of my most favorite motherhood memories.
Not only will I never forget it, but I’ll spend the rest of my life working to evoke the type of joy that my baby girl had that night.
Ayva still loves surprises, and I still love seeing her happy, so I’m always looking for ways to surprise her.
I started a list of ideas of a few sweet ways to surprise my daughter, and want to share them with you so that you can surprise your girl, too!
Take Her To Work
Give Her a Manicure
Make Lunch Special
Let Her Eat Cake
Let Her Choose Dinner
Send Her Mail
Create a Photo Book
Journal With Her