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10 things to do with your mom before you graduate high school

Graduating from high school is bittersweet. Whether you’re planning on going to college or entering the workforce, graduation typically marks the time you “leave the nest.” You are officially becoming an adult and have a whole new set of responsibilites. You may be moving out of your childhood home or entering a new phase of life where you have a lot more independence from your parents, which can be both exciting and nervewracking. 

For those who can’t imagine living independently without their mom, the thought of being on your own might be hard to bear. Our advice? Relish the time you have left at home. We've rounded up 10 fun activities you should do with your mom before you graduate high school to make the most of each moment. 


Go on a mother-daughter trip

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy—pick a destination close to home and turn it into an adventure! It's all about the quality time (and the quality vacay selfies, of course!) 

Cook a meal together

Hop online and choose a recipe that you and your mom have never tried before: the more adventurous, the better! You could also ask her to teach you one of your classic family recipes for some fun and meaningful bonding time. 

Interview her about her childhood

You might *think* you know everything about your mom, but you may very well be surprised! Asking her for stories about her teenage years will help you grow closer and find even more in common to laugh about. 

Have a mother-daughter themed movie marathon

Do you and your mom love watching movies together? If so, plan a movie night with *all* the mother-daughter classics like Mamma Mia, Freaky Friday and Lady Bird. Don’t forget the popcorn!

Go through old photo albums together

Reliving memories with your mom is a fun way to reminisce and bond. You can look back at all the years you have spent together and appreciate the highs and lows that got you to where you are now. 

Spa day 

Treat yourself! Whether you create your own home-spa or make reservations elsewhere, planning a spa day is an *amazing* way to ensure you’re getting quality girl-time with your mom before you leave the nest. Face masks and mani—pedis make for an *unforgettable* afternoon together!

Learn a new skill together 

You’re never too old to learn a new skill. Next time you and your mom can’t figure out what to do, suggest trying something neither of you has ever done before—whether it’s taking a virtual yoga class or learning how to crochet—you never know what new hobby you might pick up.

Have a mother-daughter photoshoot

Staging a photo shoot with your mom is the perfect activity for you and your mom to bond while making tangible memories. Plus, you’ll be so grateful to have HQ photos with your mom when you're older. You know what they say—a picture is worth a thousand words!

Write each other letters

If you and your mom are the sentimental type, writing letters to your future selves is a great way to ensure your bond stays close—even once you have graduated. Curl up on the sofa and write letters detailing your favorite memories, silliest inside jokes and most noteworthy advice. You’ll both cherish these letters *forever.* 

Volunteer together

Volunteering with your mom is a great way to help your community while making long-lasting memories. Choose a cause you both care about and find a time to roll up your sleeves and get to work—we promise you’ll have fun.

How do you plan on spending time with your mom before graduation? Let us know by tagging us on social media @girlslifemag.

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by Lexi Casazza and Claire Hutto | 3/30/2021
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