I think it’s imperative that parents spend quality one-on-one time with their daughters– you need to lay the foundation for a safety net for your daughter. If you want to be in the loop about what’s on your daughter’s radar including, but not limited to, their friendships, feelings and relationships with the opposite sex, you need to be her soft place to fall- so that when she REALLY needs to talk– she knows you are there- no judgement, just present. But that level of comfort- does not just manifest itself- it’s something you need to work on, every.single day. I wish motherhood was that easy– but I think if you truly want a relationship with your daughter- you need to cultivate it they way you would any other in your life. So it is one of my goals to seek out activities that will create organic opportunities for my daughter and I to spend time together having fun and hopefully talking– without me feeling as though I need to stand on my head and PULL TEETH to get more than a one-word answer from her.
Here are just a few ways you and your girl can begin to strengthen your relationship ( one manicure at a time!)
What: Located in Midtown Manhattan, within walking distance of the Fashion District, The Carlton , an Autograph hotel, blends old-world luxury and Beaux-Arts flourishes with stylish modernism. The Carlton, in partnership with Caravan Stylist Studio, an innovative wardrobe and beauty concept that pairs actresses, tastemakers and media influencers with top fashion designers and beauty experts, is headquartered in one of the hotel’s luxurious suites. Here moms and their daughters can enjoy a wide range of services including hair styling, make up application, mini skincare-spa treatments and nail design and takeaway goodies from Caravan Stylist Studio!
And The Carlton Hotel will also begin offering complimentary Caravan Stylist Studio styling, to guests checking into the hotel on Friday nights. If guests are interested in receiving the complimentary services on Friday, the hotel is happy to arrange this service for them.
Here are some photos from our Carlton Hotel and Caravan Stylist Studio STYLING Session!
Getting our Manicures on:
The Caravan Stylist Studio
Getting our hair done! THE FISHTAIL BRAID!
Fish tail Braid Take #1
Fishtail Braid take#2
Fishtail Braid Take #3
Fishtail Braid take#4
Fishtail Braid take#5
And http://www.salongrafix.com/ FOR THE WIN!
Valerie Starr of http://www.caravanstyliststudio.com not only prettied us up but gave us some really great tips about hair care and makeup and introduced me to my NEW.BEST.FRIEND:
After our style session my daughter and I enjoyed the luxurious accomodations ( which included all the coffee you can drink in the business center-beautifully appointed rooms, oh and a SUMPTUOUS French breakfast at their Millesime Restaurant)….
The Carlton delivers milk and cookies before bedtime
Breakfast at the Millesime Restaurant
Suffice it to say our Mother daughter experience at the Carlton Hotel is one that will forever be indelibly etched in our memory banks!
And here are more fun ways parents can connect with their teens, which at the very least, can act as a springboard for opening the lines of communication.
NYC Eating: Go to Chinatown or Little Italy. Check out a farmer’s market. Take a trip to a new ice cream shop.
Movies: Go see upcoming flicks- or rent a few– my faves: “Towelhead,” “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” and “The Secret Life of Bees.” You’re together, but sitting in the dark and not talking. Then afterward, you have a neutral subject (the movie) to discuss.
Working out: No reason why you can’t exercise together. You may even like some of the music your teen works out with. Anytime you can find common ground, jump on it.
Watch their sports events: They may never look up to the bleachers, but every kid knows when his parents are in the crowd. If you can’t attend a meet or game, make sure to get a blow-by-blow recap.
Get TABLETOPICS TEEN EDITION
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Age appeal: Thirteen to 18 years old.
What teens will go gaga for: Topics that speak to them in a smart, respectful way and get them thinking about themselves (their favorite subject) and their world.
Parent perks: The question cards put parents in the role of fellow participant rather than “inquisitor.”
Overall: A parent’s conversation with her teen has the potential to be great, to inspire them to action and enrich their relationship.