Jewelry isn't just something your husband buys, or at least is "supposed" to buy, you. Mother to daughter jewelry provides an ideal opportunity to pass down family traditions, create precious memories and give your little one a keepsake. Whether you are gifting your daughter a family heirloom or simply trading handmade crafts with her, these mother to daughter items are much more than accessories.
1. Development and the Mother-daughter Relationship
The mother and daughter relationship is a cornerstone of the family dynamic and will continue to grow as your child develops socially and emotionally. While she may have eagerly stuck by your side during her first few years, or glued herself to a firm hand-hold around your knee, she may now want to spend time with you out of shared interests. For example, if you share her love of dance, the two of you may bond over sharing matching charm bracelets featuring ballet slippers. At the same time, your child is becoming more aware of her emotions. This may mean that she's more likely to understand that you are happy, not sad, when you shed a tear during a gleeful mother-daughter jewelry exchange.
2. Themed Jewelry
Play up your daughter's growing interests with a shared piece, or two, of themed jewelry. For a simple way to try a themed mother to daughter jewelry selection, go for a charm bracelet. Get one for each of you with matching or coordinating charms. Look for items to hang on her mini-me bracelet that show off activities that the two of you enjoy doing together or fun-filled family memories. For example, add a cat charm for her first pet, a soccer ball to remind her that you coach her pee-wee team and a music note to represent the times when the two of you sing songs together.
Make your mother to daughter jewelry a true tradition. Instead of always buying new, gift your little one with a family heirloom. Look for a piece that your mother gave to you. Explain to your daughter how this piece was Grandma's, then yours and now hers. Tell her that someday she might even give it to her own daughter. While some heirloom pieces may work for your pint-sized princess, others may need to wait until she is older. Instead of damaging expensive or delicate items, show the jewelry to your child and then choose a safe place together to store it for the future. It may help to have her think of it as treasure that is locked away for when she is older.
4. Handmade Pieces
Silver, gold, diamonds and other precious stones may seem like the end-all of jewelry, but your daughter will enjoy a handmade piece just as much as she will an expensive one. Take time out to bond with your child and try an easy preschooler-friendly jewelry craft to share with each other. Make a macaroni necklace by stringing yarn through painted pasta or create a photo pendant by sealing a mother-daughter picture with school glue and plastic wrap. Punch a hole in each of your photo pendants and thread a piece of thin ribbon through for both of you to wear.
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