We tend to focus on our partners on Valentine’s Day, but what if we made it a family event, sharing love with everyone, all together?
This may be the time to start a new family tradition on Valentine’s Day. These ideas will help you decide on a new tradition. Or maybe they’ll help you come up with a new idea of your own.
- Have the kids tell you how they think Valentine’s Day got started. Then do some online research with them to see if they’re right. Have them write a story with the facts they learn to share with the family.
- Share the love with Grandparents. Have your kids write personal notes to Grandma and Grandpa then deliver them with a box of candy, a bouquet of flowers or some homemade cookies. If grandparents don’t live nearby, mail each one a note in a separate envelope with a something special from the kids like a drawing.
- Mail your kids a Valentine’s card. They’ll love finding something just for them when they go out to the mailbox. Write about the wishes you have for them or share some special memories.
- Have the kids make an “I love you because” book for someone special. They can write personal messages, make drawings or include favorite photos.
- Tell your kids how you celebrated Valentine’s Day when you were young. Then they can talk to their grandparents to find out how they celebrated. Talk about all the Valentine’s traditions your family has shared through the years, how they have changed and how they’ve stayed the same. Think of new traditions you can start together.
- Come up with personalized ways that you and your spouse can show love to each of your kids on Valentine’s Day. One child might appreciate some quality time where they’re the center of attention. Another may feel loved with words of affirmation or special gifts.
- Make Valentine’s Day a “red day” in your house. Decorate with red cut-out hearts, streamers, and balloons. Wear a red outfit and serve heart-shaped pancakes (with a little red food coloring of course) for breakfast. Make heart-shaped sandwiches to pack in their lunches.
- Help the kids plan a scavenger hunt for Mom or Dad. Let the kids come up with clues and hide them for mom or dad. The end of the hunt can lead to a meaningful gift like gift certificates for favors (wash car, clean out the garage, cook dinner, etc.), homemade treats, and framed family photos.
- Encourage your kids to think about those who may be lonely on Valentine’s Day. They can brainstorm ideas to show they care. They can make handmade Valentine cards, bake heart-shaped cookies, or invite them to a special lunch or dinner with your family.
Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show love within your family. Start a new tradition with these ideas or use them to come up with new ideas of your own.
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