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Valentines day resurrected

With January heading toward a snowy and cold close, it is hard not to notice that everything around us is turning pink.  That's right, Valentines Day is around the corner.  Although Valentines Day does not hold a candle to some of the more traditional holidays is can be made into a fun family holiday with very little preparation.

This year, instead of scrambling for babysitters, squeezing into your "little black dress" and rushing through an overpriced meal, try making the day more centered around showing love for everyone in the family especially daughters. 

The past few years has brought multiple articles and lots of attention to building self esteem for girls.  What better to build self-esteem than for the one most important man in a girls life to recognize her and show his love.  While this may come easy for some dads, other might need a few hints and a little push.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

1.  Pink Breakfast-  head to your local store and pick some items that will make breakfast extra special.  Try cooking pink pancakes, or a bagel and cream cheese with a strawberry heart in the middle.  Most importantly, sit down and have a father daughter breakfast together.  Give cards and small gifts if it will bring a smile to the most beautiful little girl you know.

2.  Buy a cute gift- Instead of taking the day so seriously try just heading to the dollar store where you can stock up on Valentines Day socks.  Anything that comes from Dad on this day will bring a smile to your daughters face so just be thoughtful and make sure she knows it was Dad who made the effort.

3.  Plan a special day or outing together- This is the perfect time of year to spend a little one on one time with kids.  Have dad plan a meal out for just him and his girls or even an activity that they will both enjoy.  Hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, or walking through a museum will get the job done and show how much Dad really cares.

The key to making the day fun and special for Dads and daughters is to tailor the gift or plans to each individual child.  Don't plan an winter hike if your little lady hates to be cold; cook her breakfast, send an email card or leave her a sweet treat before you leave for work that day.  Just remember that although Valentines Day has become a media frenzy and can sometimes be depressing for an adult, it can be a really fun special holiday that can boots the self-esteem of the little and bigger kids you love the most.

Related Links:

Pink Pancake Mix

Sock Grams-Valentines Day Socks

Pajama Gram

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