How Do You Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Kids?
Okay, I will admit right from the beginning, that 15 years of motherhood has made me quite a cynic.
I have seen too many parents spend too much money on too many things, from Valentine's Day parties to birthday bashes, where too many kids take one lick off a cupcake and toss the rest in the trash.
Far too many Valentine's Days, the knick knacks, gaudy stuffed animals and cute heart shaped boxes of chocolate that I have bought to mark the specialness of the day have left me disappointed and certain that my kids were spoiled brats. I am sure if I looked hard enough, I would find a tiny heart-shaped eraser or silly straw from last Valentine's Day still stuck underneath one of the seats in my minivan.
This year, I am opting for a simple celebration to include a heart-shaped cookie for breakfast before school (because I know they will eat that) and handmade, hand-written notes. Each child will pick a sibling, and they will be responsible for writing their sister a letter that refrains from saying anything negative about the other. And of course, each will receive a hand-typed note from Mom – that reminds them how awesome they are, and touches on the finer points of their personality. In lieu of flowers, we will buy a plant that will at least last until my non-green thumb decides to kill it. And together, as a family – we will go out for an early dinner! And hopefully there will be some quiet time for my husband and I after the children go to bed.
And that, will be that!
I have fallen for the commercialism of Valentine's Day, dropping a boatload of money on things that my kids don't really appreciate two hours later. I think that the important thing about Valentine's Day is to simply say, “I love you – you are appreciated – you are special!”
With that in mind here are a few suggestions for how to celebrate your day with family:
- Create a special lunch for your kids complete with fruit and sandwiches cut into the shape of a heart for the day.
- Love notes hidden around the home or simply placed in their jacket pocket as they head out the door for the day.
- Create a special “I Love You Because” frame for each child (and your spouse!) as a gift or make one big one for the family. It's something you can use throughout the year to celebrate the little as well as the big things that make you proud of all of them. It is a gift that can keep on giving rather than being forgotten.
How will you and your family spend Valentine's Day?
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