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. Want to surprise your daughter? You’re in the right place!
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.
One of my most favorite memories involves a surprise.
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.
Surprise Your Daughter and Make Memories
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 keep coming up with new things because her reactions are just so good.
Tips for a Great Surprise
Before you decide how you’re going to surprise your daughter, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Make sure the surprise is something she will like. Yes, it’s the thought that counts, and your girl will probably still be grateful. But if this surprise is for her, find a surprise that she’ll like.
- Remember that you are enough. Spending time with your daughter, or putting thought into a surprise is enough. You don’t have to go overboard and go into debt.
- Have it recorded! Whether you hire a photographer or just have a phone nearby to record her reaction, this is a crucial piece of the surprise puzzle!
Now that you have these tips under your belt, you’re ready to go off and plan your surprise.
Not sure what kind of surprise you should do? I’ve got you covered.
I started a list of ideas of a few sweet ways to surprise my daughter. These are all things that she and I have done together, and really enjoyed.
I’m sharing 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