Making Valentine's Day special

by Vicky A few weeks ago I put a simple note in Joel's lunch box, just saying that he was a great little boy and that I was proud of him! I got a note in his agenda that evening saying he was extremely happy and proud of the note. It made his day. So much that his teacher took the time to tell me about it!

With that in mind, I'm determined to make this Valentine's Day extra special for my kids! Valentines Day is a wonderful opportunity to help your kids learn about kindness and appreciation.  It's also a chance to remind them of just how special they are and how much they are loved! Here's are some of the things that I have planned. It's a big list, and I'm not sure if we'll get through them all!

-heart shaped pancakes for breakfast, with strawberries and whip cream (I bought a heart shaped cookie cutter from the dollar store). -send Joel to school/daycare wearing red! -make a special Valentine to give to Joel's teacher (which we've already done) -send Valentines for the kids in his class -cut his sandwich into a heart -a special note in his lunch box-bake cookies together to give to our friends (we'll do this a few days before) -put fresh cut flowers on the dinner table -put a small votive candle next to every-one's place setting at the table -serve milk in wine glasses -take a family photo! We don't do this often enough, and with the timer on my camera really there's no excuse not to!-play a game together as a family -talk about how important it is to be kind to one another, and ask the kids for examples of how they are kind. -read Valentines Day books at bed time - here are some in our collection: The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll If you'll be my Valentine, by Cynthia Rylant Clifford's first Valentine's Day by  Norman Bridwell

What are your ideas for making Valentine's Day special for your kids?

Vicky is the mom to 4 year old son named Joel and 1 year old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Mom.

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