There was a lot of mixed opinions when I asked back in January if anyone would go on a mother-daughter trip to Disneyland. It seems things have changed since I shared over on Instagram photos from my one-on-one trip with my oldest daughter. I received multiple messages asking what it was like, how did I make it happen, and more. I want to share my reasons to go on a one-on-one trip. For us, this trip was to Disneyland.
- FOCUSED TIME TOGETHER. Going on vacation together means you have focused time together. There were no unwanted distractions or interruptions. This is something that became scarce after the arrival of her sibling. The one-on-one time we once had copious amounts of dwindled. Doing a trip together allowed me to focus on her entirely.
- CHILD INVOLVEMENT. My daughter played a huge part in being involved in planning our trip. She decided where we should go, Disneyland. She made lists of all the things she wanted us to do. Well, she told me her lists and had me write them down. She even had a lot of say in what we ate during our vacation. This helped her to feel like this was our trip, not just something I took her on because she was a part of planning the details.
- DESTINATIONS. Select a destination that is child-friendly and offers activities for all ages. When I asked my daughter where she wanted to go, she knew immediately where she wanted to travel to, Disneyland. It didn’t surprise me because she has loved our previous trips as much as I have. If she had asked to go somewhere else, I would have done my research and considered it too. There are lots of options for places to go to in the world. We had a time limit so we needed a destination that was not far away. We also needed an option that fit our budget for the trip.
- TRY NEW THINGS. We tried all sorts of new things together, this kind of falls into making memories to. Many were first for Evie, like going on her first big ride in Disneyland. Getting to experience that with her was so much fun. There was the opportunity to try all sorts of new things. Can I also sneak trying new foods into this? I think my daughter was feeling adventurous and wanted to try different foods and as many rides, as possible since she was tall enough for so many she’d never been on before.
- MAKE MEMORIES. This trip allowed us to make all sorts of memories that we will forever share together. Moments that only the two of us know about. Moments that we talk about and share with others. I love hearing her talk about our Disneyland trip with others. Her joy and excitement from it come out. I know it is something special that she and I will always have. Plus, we have all the photos to look back on. We’re actually planning to put together a little memory book.
I honestly cannot recommend going for a one-on-one trip enough. My mom took my sisters and I all on trips to her hometown when we were in Kindergarten. I still have many memories of going, it’s something I considered to be very special and is what inspired me to go on a trip with my daughter. I will do the same thing for my youngest daughter once she is in kindergarten. We will go on a vacation together somewhere.
The above are just some of the reasons why I wanted to make this trip happen and why I am so glad it did. It’s made me realize that I need to make sure we have more cherished time spent together just the two of us. Bring on movie outings, crafting, and so much more. Just the two of us.