When your kids are still young, Valentine’s Day is an uncomplicated, fun holiday that has a lot more to do with candy than it does relationships. Make the most of these innocent times by helping your children feel special and cherished on Valentine’s Day. Try these simple ways to make Valentine’s Day special for your kids.
Make sure your kids are prepared for school activities. The last thing you want is for your children to stress out on Valentine’s Day at school. Make sure they’re prepared with valentines for their classmates and make sure you’re following the school’s regulations for what kids can bring in. If you have older kids who can receive carnations or other school-sponsored Valentine’s Day goodies, purchase them for your kids.
Spend quality time with your kids on Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re going out. Many couples go out to dinner or on other dates on Valentine’s Day. Parents are no exception. If you’re heading out with your partner in the evening, spend some extra time with your kids beforehand. Do something to honor the occasion together, such as decorating sugar cookies or making a craft.
Shower your kids with love and affection. Some kids may feel insecure or anxious about Valentine’s Day. For other kids, the entire holiday is a non event. Whether your child cares about Valentine’s Day or not, shower her with love and affection. It’s a great day to be cheerful, give extra hugs and make your kids feel treasured. Find small ways to delight your kids, from an extra note in a lunchbox to a visit at school for lunch. You don’t have to spend money to make your children feel important. Kids love attention and validation, and you’re the best person in the world to make them feel valued and loved.
Soothe little broken hearts. Whether your child is 5 or 15, Valentine’s Day can bring on heartache. Unrequited crushes or recent breakups may make Valentine’s Day painful for kids. Whatever you do, don’t downplay your child’s heartache. Kids have fragile egos and just need a little validation. The schoolyard crush may seem silly to you, but to your child’s it’s a Very Big Deal.