This is a guest by Maricel Mendoza originally published on Make it Blissful.I believe in having individual dates not only with our husbands but also with each of our children. I am guilty of not being able to do this often as we always go out as a family. Having one on one time with our kids is very important as this is the time that we can talk about things in their lives that they are not comfortable sharing with the whole family. This is most needed by our daughters. You know: girl bonding!As mothers we are ideally our daughter’s guide, confidante and friend. They will be going through things in their lives that only we, as mothers can help them through. I have a daughter entering her teens and I am really bracing myself with the issues that will be coming our way. My prayer is that God will use me as a mother, mightily in her life. That I will be a good example to her, and that like a shepherd, can guide her in the paths that she will take.On that note, here are some meaningful dates that we can have with our daughters. Taking them out and bonding with them can never start too early!I want to share 5 Meaningful Date ideas that we can do with our daughters, and at the same time bond and be able to talk to them about the important things in life that we would want them to learn. It will be more meaningful than just merely spending time with them, because we will use these dates to teach them values that will guide and mold them. I hope that you will find something here that you will do and enjoy with your beloved daughter.The Salon DateWho doesn’t like a trip to the salon? To beautify, relax and have me time?! But we can turn this activity into a “we time”! My friends who do not have daughters, always says that how they wish they had one to share a day at the salon with. On the other hand, moms who are blessed with daughters, sometimes forget that they were given a girl friend to have fun with and raise!What to do: Make an appointment for you and your daughter with your favorite salon, and have a hair cut or hair treatment. You can also have foot spa or any other service that you and your daughter will enjoy.What to talk about: Take this time to talk to your daughter about PHYSICAL BEAUTY. This date is a great opportunity to teach your child about beauty, inside and out.Teachable moment: While looking in the mirror of the salon, ask your daughter what she likes about herself physically. Most probably, like most tweens or teens they would answer you with a negative comment like “ my nose is too big”, “ I have funny looking eyebrows”, “my thighs are humongous!”. Tell them that it’s your turn to tell them what you find beautiful in them. Tell them the beautiful aspects that you see in her face and body. Let her know how special she is or how her eyes sparkle when she smiles. Build her confidence and her body image. Tell her that she is special and unique. Talk to her about how beauty on the outside is just secondary to the beauty that comes from within.The Shopping DateHit the mall with your date! But tell her also that you will just give her a certain budget to buy a piece of clothing. Tell her that you also have a budget to buy something for yourself. The fun part is that you will choose clothes for her and she will choose something for you! This will open both your eyes to each other’s sense of style, and will surely give both of you loads of laughter!What to do: Set a reasonable budget for both of you. Choose a mall where both of you will be able to find something that you like (and can fit!).What to talk about: Dressing appropriately and contentment. Talk about how a person dresses tells a lot about a person. Talk about modesty and the importance of it in the way we dress. As you give her the budget for the shopping day, talk to her about being a contented and shopping within your means.Teachable moment: As you choose clothes for her, explain to her why you chose that outfit. Tell her that it’s within the budget, it’s pretty and most especially it’s appropriate for her age. As for her choosing an outfit for you, that is mostly for the comic relief of it! Hehe! Try on whatever she wants you to try on! Laugh together!A Quiet Tea TimeNow it’s time to talk…What to do: Choose a quiet and nice place to have snacks and tea/hot choco with your date. Get yourselves seated at a corner or at a place that is far from the other customer’s earshot.What to talk about: Love. Express to your daughter how special she is to you. How much you love her and how you would give your life for her. Talk about the love of God for her. Ask her about her opinions about relationships. Listen to her stories.Teachable moment: I want to share with you what I learned from church about loving and getting into a relationship – “Get in in a relationship only if you are ready to marry.” Talk to her about choosing the right person and waiting for the right time. Talk about boy-girl relationships and waiting for the right person, and the right time to go into a relationship. Talk about waiting on God to give you THE ONE, and while waiting, keeping yourself pure. Scary!Visit the GrandparentsFor this date, visit your parents with your daughter.What to do: Call ahead and tell your parents that you will drop in for a visit. Buy food to bring for lolo and lola.What to talk about: On the way to your parents house, talk to your daughter about your childhood. Incidents where you failed to obey your parents and how each episode ended up. Talk about the importance of obeying the parents and how the heart of parents is always for the good of the child. Talk about the consequences of disobedience.When you get to lolo and lola’s house, ask your parents to tell stories as when you where small — how you were as a child, as a teenager and as a young adult. Ask them about the rules they had for you and why they made those rules. Ask them that as a parent to another parent, what they can advice you on how you can bring up your kids.Teachable moment: On your way home, process the conversations you had with the grandparents. Talk about the importance of obedience and honoring the parents and how this will guide her through life. Talk about your love and respect for your own parents and how you will never be who you are and where you are without them. Talk about how parents are not perfect and that at times commit mistakes too, but that they always deserve the children’s love and respect, no matter what.Now it’s your Turn.What to do: Think of a MEANINGFUL DATE that you can have with your daughter. Share what you think is a great date and what lesson can be taught in that date. Looking forward to your thoughts and sharing! Get your calendars out and set a date for one of these date ideas with your daughter! Have fun!This is a guest by Maricel Mendoza originally published on Make it Blissful.