Most people think of flowers and candy on Valentine's Day - but what kids would really love is spending some time with you!
Since life can get so busy, one of the best gifts we can give to others is time - and with kids, spending one-on-one time leads to great memories! Here are some fun activities that you can enjoy together on Valentine's Day.
1. Read their Valentines Together
Most younger kids who are in school will probably have a card exchange in the classroom.
Kids enjoy sharing their admiration for each other and they benefit by knowing that they are making friends.
Take the time to read the valentines they bring home with them. If your kids are old enough to read, let them practice. And point out some of the humor in the cards as you read them. Some kids might also enjoy sorting the cards (a great math skill).
Yes, you may have to read the same Star Wars valentine three times but I promise you, it's worth it!
2. Cook with the Kids
Nothing says "I love you" like something yummy and it's even more fun when you can make it together!
Muffins, their favorite cookies, popcorn or a special Valentine's meal - just have some fun in the kitchen.
3. Read a Book Together
Your kids may have a favorite 'love' story or just a favorite story that they enjoy having read to them. And books make great gifts for a holiday like Valentine's Day -- you could buy them a new book each year and write your valentine note in the front cover. Or you might begin a read-aloud (chapter book) on Valentine's Day as their gift each year.
Cuddle up and enjoy one of these recommendations -- we've also provided affiliate links so you can learn more about each of the books:
Valentine's Day Picture Books
4. Share Your Worst Valentine's Day Memory
Teens & tweens are just figuring out this whole 'like/love/relationship" thing and they benefit from knowing that others had some awkward experiences (and still went on to find love).
If you have older kids, talk to them about some of the humorous and not-so-great moments you've had during your dating years. Maybe it was the time you were turned down after asking someone to the dance. Or it could have been when you received a very nice valentine from someone you didn't realize had feelings for you.
Sharing your experiences (both good and bad) will help them to learn and grow. It also affords you a wonderful opportunity to discuss 'dating etiquette' and share your values about relationships.
5. Go on a Valentine Scavenger Hunt
Head to a park or talk a walk through your neighborhood and scout out things for Valentine's Day together.
Here's a fun printable for you to use:
6. Talk with them
I mean the put-down-your-phone-look-them-in-the-eye kind of talking.
You know, when you're not half distracted by the things going on or places you need to be.
If you're in the car with them, turn off the radio. If they're plugged in, ask them to unplug for a few minutes.
Just talk - about anything -- families need to connect!
And, of course, hug & kiss them....today and every day!
Happy Valentine's Day
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