For almost 10 years I was a single mom of two little boys. Instead of feeling sad or lonely on Valentine’s Day, I decided it was a great opportunity to show my boys how much I loved them and teach them how to show love to others. t became a tradition that I looked forward to. I thought that someday (many years away) when they had a special someone, they would benefit from this “training”. We started each Valentine’s Day off with a box of chocolates, and a card and then after school or our events for the day, ended our evening off with a delicious Italian dinner, equal to that of scene from Lady and the Tramp. Each year the boys looked forward to this and I was always on the lookout for another way to show them how much I love THEM. Here are a few ideas to add to your own list. Valentine’s Day may be silly to some, an greeting card holiday to others, however I always love the opportunity to tell my kids how much I love them.
- Prepare a candle lit dinner for your kids.
- Write your child a letter or a poem and tell them why you love them.
- Plan a scavenger hunt for your kids, ending with a box of chocolates.
- Make individual books on Shutterfly or another picture loving site for each child, listing what you love about them.
- Have a home made card for your child to open up everyday leading up to Valentine’s Day- with a quality you love about them in each note.
- Buy a Valentine puzzle, put it together and write why you love your child on the back, take puzzle a part and give them a piece each day until complete.
- Spend some time at the dinner table or in the family room, pass out conversation heart candies and talk about what you love about each member of your family, you get a heart to munch on after each time you share.
- Have a Valentine picnic (in Ohio this is indoors), enjoy heart shaped food and end the evening with a box of sweets.
What do you do to make Valentine’s Day fun for your kiddos?