When you think about Valentine’s Day, your mind might automatically jump to romantic dinners for two and the stereotypical dozen roses and heart-shaped box of chocolates. But Valentine’s Day isn’t all about romantic love; it’s about celebrating love and showing those you care about how much they mean to you. So, this Valentine’s Day, hug your kids tight and try out these fun and simple ways to make the day extra-special for you and your children.
When your kids wake up on Valentine's Day, make it a heart-filled morning. Before they get up, hang paper hearts from their bedroom door frame or leave a trail of paper hearts for them to follow. On each heart, write something special about your children or a caring message and then read them together over a family breakfast.
Not only does this help express to your children how important they are to you, but it's also a good way for you to reflect on what remarkable miracles they are.
Okay, so it might seem a bit cliché, but making crafts with your kids on Valentine’s Day can be a great way to spend time together. Plus, art is a powerful form of expression. Grab some paint, craft supplies, paper scraps, glue, scissors, whatever you can find, and have a blast getting creative with your kids. Don’t get hung up on making anything look a certain way, just focus on the process over the product.
Did you know February is also National Bake for Family Fun Month? Like you needed an excuse to make dessert, right? Celebrate this special month and Valentine's Day with some family time in the kitchen.
Don't worry; you don't need to make gourmet pies or heart-shaped cheesecakes. The point is experiencing and engaging in the process together. Let your kids whip up some tasty concoctions, and if you're extra brave, do a blind taste test. If nothing else, you're sure to end up sharing lots of laughs.
Just being present and engaged with your children is one of the best gifts you can give them. If this is something you struggle with, check out the Mindpower Session, Be More Present with My Child.
As much as possible, devote Valentine's Day to uninterrupted, quality time with your children. Turn off the phones and tablets, unplug the television, whatever it takes. Let your kids choose a couple of activities they want to do with you and participate with genuine passion and enthusiasm.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids, just remember to stay in the moment. MamaZen has all of the tools and resources you need to help you focus on being the mom you want to be. Now squeeze your kids tight, and celebrate 'Love Day' together, heart-shaped pancakes and cookies optional.
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