I remember being a kid on Valentine’s Day. My parents would have gifts waiting at the table for my brother and me when we came to breakfast. There were parties at school, exchanging valentine cards and candies in class, extra recess.
I’m not sure that I was ever taught the history behind Valentine’s day, but I always had the general idea that it was a whole day dedicated to showing your loved ones that you love them. But, I was never encouraged to act on it. I was worried about what I was going to get, would I get more valentine cards than other kids, would I get more candy. It always came back to me.
What would our world look like if kids were taught that Valentines Day is about giving, not getting.What would it look like if we encouraged our kids to show love?
This Valentines Day, why not do just that?
Here are a few ideas of things you can do:
- As a family, identify people you know of who are in need. This could be a friend, a family member, a classmate, or maybe a homeless person your kids see on the way to school. Figure out a way you, as a family, can show this person love. You could bake cookies for them, do their chores, create an “I Care” kit, or even invite them over for dinner!
- When your family exchanges Valentine Cards, have your kids write something inside the card they pledge to do to show the recipient their love. For example: “Dear Dad, Happy Valentines Day! I love you. To show you my love, I promise to help you wash your car. Love, Jason”
- Valentine’s Day has a lot of sweet treats involved. Encourage your kids to find ways to be sweet without giving candy. What sweet things can they do for someone? What sweet words could they say to someone?
- Make your valentines instead of buying them! Consider it a labor of love – explain the meaning to your kids. Below are some valentines you can print from home!
What other ways have you and your family found to make Valentine’s Day more meaningful? Let us know in the comment section below!
Happy Valentines Day!
Linda and Stephanie