Cook together. We love this idea for any day, but it can be especially fun on Valentine’s Day. Families are very busy today. This means “family meals” often consist of take out or eating at different times. We don’t blame you; it’s impossible to keep everyone eating together every day. However, on Valentine’s Day make it a point to eat together as a family. You would be surprised that just one meal together will impact your kids and can increase the love in your house. (Bonus: make heart shaped foods: pizzas or use a cookie cutter to cut sandwiches, omelets, etc).
Make “I love you because...” Books. Use construction paper, markers, crayons, stickers, whatever you have around the house, to create your book. Have each person make at least one page for each person in the family. Smaller kids can draw a picture of why they love someone instead of writing; older kids can get creative and do both. At the end of day, share the books with each other. Let everyone take a turn reading his or her books. It would be impossible not to “feel the love”!
Have a family game night. This one sounds like a no brainer, however, in today’s households everyone is busy and most often with any free minutes we veg out on the couch and/or grab our devices (kids included). Try and make the effort to take the night to turn all screens off and engage in a game that will make everyone laugh, encourage interaction, create an opportunity for endless discussions and offer an opportunity to teach good sportsmanship.
Set up a scavenger hunt. This year Valentine’s Day is on a weekend, so wake up early and hide little notes all over the house. Watch your little kids run around on the hunt. Make the “prize” at the end a simple card telling them how much you love them or a coupon for a special treat (trip to the ice cream store, voucher to snuggle and watch a movie, a “chore free” day, etc.).
Make it a “date night”. Couples always take time to set up date nights, but this Valentine’s let your kids know how much you love them by making it a “family date night” and/or one-on-one date night. Mark it on the calendar, set a time, dress up and take your child out somewhere special. Let them order whatever they want…make sure to toast to your family and the love that you all share!
Try any or all of these ideas! Remember Valentine’s Day may be a “Hallmark Holiday” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great way to sneak some extra love from your little ones! Happy Valentine's Day!