Because They're Sweethearts Too: Celebrating Valentine's Day with Kids
As a child, I remember being so surprised every year that my mom (who was mostly a single, working mom on a fixed income) would give Valentine’s gifts to her kids. There were even a couple of years that I remember her giving us handmade cards. It wasn’t my birthday. It wasn’t Easter. It wasn’t Christmas. It was Valentine’s Day! What’s that all about? Isn’t Valentine’s Day supposed to be about romantic love? A day for giving gifts to your spouse or significant other and spending time with them? What do the kids have to do with it? Well, I don’t know why she did it, honestly. But I do know that it made me feel so special that she had taken time out of her day, money out of her wallet, to pick up (or make) a little something just for me on a day that is traditionally celebrated with the most-loved, most important (adult) person in your life. It’s a totally different feeling than getting gifts from your mom at Christmas or your birthday, which are kind of expected. It’s way more special.
Fast forward many, many moons to Valentine’s Day 2013. My first-born hadn’t even had her first birthday yet, but guess what? Mama bought her a gift. It was simple (a teddy bear that was almost the same size as she was and a cute little t-shirt), but it was a gift. We’ve continued to give our kids small gifts each year for this holiday and right now, they obviously don’t think anything of it. But I think as they get older, they’ll realize (like I did) just how cool it is to have your parents think of YOU on a day that is marketed as being just between THEM.
We’ve also had special Valentine’s Day breakfasts with them a couple of times now; using a metal cookie cutter to make heart-shaped pancakes or simply picking up pink frosted donuts with sprinkles to make the day more fun.
This year, I think I’d like to try a few new, playful things to show them a little extra love…like leaving sweet notes on their bedroom door:
Or funny Valentine’s jokes in their lunch boxes (click here to download from Capturing Joy!):
Or packaging up these adorable little “love coupons” in cute Valentine’s tins, for them to redeem on the weekends (click here to download from Catch My Party!):
I don’t think it really matters how much you spend (pretty sure my mom didn’t spend anything those years she made the cards) because any small token of affection that is outside of the norm will be noticed and appreciated. Maybe not so much now, but someday. And that’s what it’s all about, right? Making memories and letting them know that they are one of your favorite people in the whole wide world? It worked for me, thanks to my mom. Here’s hoping we can all be so lucky. Happy Valentine's Day, friends!
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