Dear American Girl,
Lately, it seems as if my mom has been in a bad mood. I've been on my best behavior, but she just gets mad about everything. I want to be able to have fun together again. Are there some ways I can reconnect with my mom and make our relationship better?
-Mom and me
Here's your advice:
You could make a sweet card for your mom. It could say something nice such as, "I love you!" or "You're an awesome mom!" Homemade cards always make my mom smile.
-Abby, age 10, Texas
Just give your mom a big hug whenever it looks like she needs one. It's an easy way to show you care.
-An American Girl fan, age 12, Illinois
Ask your mom if the two of you can have some "girl time" together. Eat at a favorite restaurant, go for a hike, or get manicures together. You and your mom can reconnect, and it'll be fun, too.
-Emma, age 11, Tennessee
To connect a little more with your mom, do something nice for her, such as making her favorite breakfast. Or finish your homework early so that you can spend some time together. It could make your relationship even better.
-Davin, age 12, New Mexico
Be mindful of your mom's feelings and give her time on her own to feel better. It's great that you care about your mom, but be respectful of her privacy and try to not be nosy.
-Gabrielle, age 10, New Hampshire
Give your mom a big smile or crack a joke. Do something together that makes you both feel good, such as going for a walk with your dog. That could be a nice mood boost for the two of you.
-Elle, age 12, Canada
My mom and I stay connected by keeping a journal together. I write an entry that my mom will read, and then she writes an entry that I'll read. We both tend to be very busy, so this is a nice way to stay in touch.
-Abigail, age 11, North Carolina
Reconnecting with your mom might be as simple as asking her, "How's your day going?" It will show her that you care about her and will get a conversation started, too.
-Liany, age 9, New York
Ask your mom if the two of you could work on a chore together, such as drying dishes or folding clothes. It will be a big help to her and will give you two a chance to catch up.
-Kenna, age 10, Minnesota
You could leave sweet or funny notes for her in places where she won't expect them, such as in her coat pocket or in her lunch for work. The notes could brighten her day and help you feel closer with your mom.
-Anna Grace, age 12, Louisiana
Make a "Jar of Fun." You and your mom could write down some activities you could do together on small slips of paper and then put them into the jar. When the two of you have some free time, choose an idea from the jar.
-Bianca, age 11, Washington
Remember that even if you or your mom isn't feeling the best, you will always love each other, and a little negativity isn't going to change that.
-Alexa, age 10, Michigan