So, we are officially into the month of love when everywhere you go you see red, pink, hearts, and chocolate everything! I know that some people really
hate dislike Valentine’s Day but I don’t really understand why. In my opinion, the world needs more and more love so why not have a full day dedicated just to love? I know that it is a totally made up holiday aimed at making money but really, who cares?
For us, Valentine’s Day is just a fun little day where we show some extra love to the people we love. It also helps to break up the long Canadian winter a little and it’s another excuse to eat some extra chocolate. We don’t spend a lot of money on this holiday at all. Lilly and I are making her Valentine’s Day cards for her classmates, we are making our own heart shaped treats, and Hubby and I never spend much more than a dinner out, (and maybe some chocolates for me!)
Here are some fun and simple things that we enjoy doing to show our kids (or anyone) some extra love on Valentine’s Day and any day:
Write special love notes-put them in their lunch, on their pillow, in their jacket pocket….
Heart shaped foods-heart shaped pancakes are a must in this house but you can also cut sandwiches, cheese, cucumbers and strawberries into heart shapes.
Do a scavenger love hunt-cut out a bunch of hearts and hide them around the house for your kids to find. With older kids, you can write clues on each heart for them to find the next one and have it lead to a little surprise.
Make a list of all the reasons you love them-I love your smile, I love the funny jokes you tell, I love the way you help me make cookies, I love your beautiful heart, I love your kindness, I love you because you’re you…..
Tell them the story of their birth-Kids love hearing how they came into this world and how much they were wanted and loved right from the start.
Create a secret hand shake or sign that means ‘I Love You’-Something that you can do anytime at home or in public to say ‘I love you’ to your kids in a secret way that no one else would understand.
Make their favourite meal-Surprise them with their favourite breakfast, lunch or dinner or even let them choose what you make for dinner.
Spend quality time with them-this is a no-brainer but put down the phone, stop everything else and just be present with your children. Play together, make a craft together, or just snuggle and talk about whatever comes to their mind.
Surprise them-Pick them up for a surprise lunch, get them a new book to read together, make a special dessert just for them, take them on a surprise date…..be creative!
I am looking forward to a fun Valentine’s Day with my little family full of love, smiles, hugs, quality time, surprises and chocolate. I hope that you get some ideas from here to do with your kids and that you take this “holiday” as an opportunity for a little extra lovin’. Remember, kids don’t need a lot of extravagant things from you to feel loved; they just need you. Be present, stay mindful, express your love fully and watch their eyes light up.
Do you get into Valentine’s Day with your kids? What do you love to do with them?
Happy Love Day,