Making Mommy & Daughter Time A Priority

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Emmy and I have been going back to our “fun Friday” Mommy and daughter times like we used to do when she was littler, but this time around we have been doing it on Sunday mornings. I had the idea to start them back up again all because of Mother’s Day.

I started thinking about how one of my favorite days of the year is Mother’s Day, but that I shouldn’t have to wait for one day a year to enjoy time with my youngest. I’ve made the excuse that I don’t have the time like I did before to always go somewhere special together on our Mommy and daughter dates, but then I realized that Emmy doesn’t care about that. She cares that we are together, and that we are having fun. I’ve started looking for other ways we can be together and have fun at home.

When we were at Walmart this past week we decided to buy some new Minnie Mouse dresses for our upcoming trip to Disney World and we also ended up buying some Disney Junior. Minnie Mouse items for us to play with together back at home including the Minnie Bow-Tique Fancy Bows Dress with Headband and the Disney Minnie Bowtastic Kitchen Playset.minnie mouse dresses

Taking Emmy to pick our new clothes is so much fun.

This time it was extra awesome because she loves Minnie Mouse as much as I do. It’s so fun to share something special from my own childhood with her! Plus we are both loving all the colors and styles of these dresses!parenting time We both could hardly wait to get home to start playing with her new toy and of course she wanted to immediately get changed into her new clothes too!

Once she was all dolled up in her new Minnie Mouse clothes, we started our play time with her showing me how she draws Minnie Mouse. As much as we are similar, we are also so different. Case in point, I can’t even draw stick figures, and Emmy can draw a pretty good Minnie Mouse! She was trying so hard to teach me to draw her too, but I’m afraid it just wasn’t happening. That’s okay though because we both loved playing with the Disney Minnie Bowtastic Kitchen Playset and that is something we both could enjoy together. Disney Minnie Bowtastic Kitchen Playset playing We took turns “making” food for each other.  Disney Minnie Bowtastic Kitchen Playset Somehow Emmy always needed help washing the dishes.

Thankfully they weren’t actually dirty… but still! We made pretend casseroles, pastries, crapes, hot chocolate and so much more! That was just in the first few hours. We’ve been playing with it a little bit here and there for days now!  What I love the most about our mommy & daughter times is that once she puts on her Minnie Mouse costume and dresses, and we bring our her new toy something really magical happens.

We start talking about life just as much as we talk about the toy. I ask her about her life, about her friends at school, about her dreams… and normally I would get answers like “fine”, it’s good, they are good, nothing super deep. But during these times I get real answers, some of which are even told to me with a Minnie Mouse voice. I hear about how she is really feeling and we are able to spend some really good times together. I love these mommy moments with her!

the importance of mommy daughter time

You can do your own Mother’s Day all year long by picking some time each week to just hang out with your kids and enjoy some time together.

Are you a Minnie Mouse fan too?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • I love the clothes and the bow! So pretty! I will have to check them out too. My grand-daughter would love to have Minnie Mouse dresses and that pretty kitchen set!

  • This is such an important article, because most of us don’t do this enough. Whether it’s time with our daughters or our sons, our schedules often get in the way of it.

  • My girls love Minnie Mouse! It’s so important to make time for mommy/daughter time. I have 2 daughters who I make sure to spend a lot of time with (do it with my boys too) but one on one time is important!

    • I agree! One-on-one is really important for each child. We used to do mommy and me dates that the kids really looked forward to so they could have my undivided attention.

  • These outfits are adorable. I love the bow. Mommy Daughter time is so important to build a good relationship.

  • There’s nothing more special than mother/daughter bonding time. I’ll have to check out these fabulous Minnie Mouse items the next time I am at Walmart!

  • We have specific days too. We call them (Insert Kid’s Name Here) Days. The kids love them, even the teen. 🙂

  • Even though my daughter has left the days of dress up and tea parties behind, I still try to make time for her as often as I possibly can. One day, she’ll be moving away, and that’s it.

  • Who doesn’t love Minnie? That’s a great way to set up lines of communication. This time will become even more important once she reaches her teens.

  • I love Minnie Mouse.. my 3 year old loves Mickey and with a baby girl now he is always wanting to get her Minnie stuff.

  • Time alone with our kids is so important isn’t it? And what fun Disney themed goodies you had to celebrate.

  • I love being able to spend time with my daughter. Minnie Mouse is the best. I’m loving all of the Disney gear they have at Walmart.

  • Your daughter is so beautiful! I’ve heard about all the great Disney products at Wal-Mart… I should check it out for my nieces!

  • We love Minnie Mouse! I love your daughters outfits too. She’s so cute! I also think it’s great that you took some mommy daughter time. I love doing that with my girls.

  • Your daughters never get too old for mommy/daughter days. This is a great reminder to make time for each of my girls each week. I miss the days when they were younger and I was better at making time for them.

  • My friends little girl would love these cute outfits. I will have to share this with her Mom. She is obsessed with Disney.

  • I’m definitely a Minnie Mouse fan. The outfits and activities are wonderful. It’s always fun to spend time with the kids, and a special day each week is a great idea!

  • Even when I am super busy with my work, I always make sure to spend some quality time with my son. After all, he is my everything.

  • Mommy-Daughter time is always important. I have two daughters in college now and we love getting mani/pedis and bonding together.

  • Minnie is always gonna be iconic. Of course I am a Minnie girl and when I have kids and if I have a girl she will be too!

  • What happens when your daughter only wants daddy? LOL this is happening in our house. She just wants dad, all the time.

  • You guys look really happy and content with each other, I wouldn’t be surprised if you can bond with her easily with anything. I remember doing similar things with my niece whenever she visits me.

  • I always love seeing posts for mothers and daughters. It’s so important to make time to build those special relationships.

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