In less than a week we will welcome the month of February. Then the pressure will be on for everyone who’s in love, to find the perfect gift for that special someone. If you have little ones then Valentine’s Day may not be much of a big deal. If your children are in elementary school then you are blessed with the simple option of picking up a box of cards with their favorite cartoon character adorning the cover, and sending them off to school to pass them out.
If your child is in middle school or high school or if your house is full of tweens and teens and you home school then things get a little more complicated. In some cases there might be a certain someone that they are attracted to who may or may not be attracted to them. In other cases your child may not be interested in anyone at all, unless they are famous.
No matter what category your children fall into, they will still be impacted in some way by Valentine’s Day. If you start early enough then you can make sure they will never dread February 14. As a parent you can ensure that their memories of the day of love are always positive ones. Here are 4 tips to make sure your child has a happy Valentine’s Day.
- Surprise them with a token of your affection. While you are out buying cards for your spouse pick up a card for your child or some other little item to say I love you. Make sure this gift is the first one they receive on Valentine’s morning or the last gift they receive after they return from school.
- Make Valentine ’s Day a family holiday. Never pass up an opportunity to celebrate life and love. Make a special dinner and top it off with a heart shaped cake or cupcakes. Let the children decorate the dining room. Enjoy celebrating together.
- Share the love. Have everybody tell each person, or just one other person if you have a large family, what they love most about them. Don’t hold back either. Let your child know that you notice the positive things about them. This can also be an opportunity to share with them the gifts and talents you see developing in them.
- Leave them many love notes. Put a sticky on their door or bedroom mirror. Stick a love note on the bathroom mirror. Stick a note on their book bag or in their lunch box. Send them an ecard, and buy some heart shaped candy to send them off with. Drop all the love bombs you can and feel great about each and every one.
The point is to enjoy the day.You are your child’s first teacher on the subject of love.Even if they give you a hard time for making such a big deal out of Valentine’s day, I guarantee they will appreciate all the fuss you made over them one day.They will learn how to express their love for others in a positive way. They may even pass on the tradition you begin. Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be the only day you go out of your way to express your love for your child, but it should not be a day they dread.Your child should know that regardless of how many cards or valentine’s they receive or don’t receive the best ones always come from their parents.