Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and I can think of no better way to celebrate than by finding creative ways to show our kids how much we love and appreciate them! Kids grow up so fast, and even though we often tell them they’re loved, it’s both fun and important to take time time to really show them. There are literally millions of ways to show our affection; from big to small and everything in between. Here are some of my favorites that always help me feel more connected to my son so I can bear my heart on this love-filled holiday.
- Heart Bombs. I don’t know if any of you have done this, but it’s so much fun! When your kids go to sleep the night before Valentine’s, sneak in and plaster hearts all over their room. We’re talking ceiling, floor, bed covers, even on their PJs if you can sneak it in. Make the hearts in advance out of colored paper, a red plastic table cloth, doilies – you name it! Be sure to get the tape on the hearts before you head into their room so you can place and go without much effort. Then sit back and wait for the squeals of delight when they wake up in the morning.
- Make Valentine’s Day Breakfast Together. Starting the day off right doesn’t have to be an extravagant affair. It could be as simple as making heart-shaped pancakes, or toast with a heart cut out of the middle. Fresh fruits and juice add a nice touch, and even the youngest of kids can help.
- Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards. Sure, you could buy a card, but where’s the fun in that? And truthfully, what message does that send to your kids when they hand you their handmade card? Take a little time out of your busy day to make a Valentine for your little loves. They could be crafty, artsy, simple, or you could even include some of your favorite photos. They’ll cherish it way more than a store bought card, plus you’ll save yourself a little money, too.
- Take Valentine’s Day Pictures. I wouldn’t be me, if I didn’t say this was a fun thing to do! Making Valentine’s Day pictures a family tradition can add to the fun and excitement of the day. As your kids get older, you can look back at all the fun poses, props, hairstyles, and see just how much they’ve grown. If you’d like some tips on how to take stellar Valentine’s photos, check out my post from last year and get inspired.
- Spend Time Together. In case you missed it, spending time together on Valentine’s Day (or any day) is the best way to show the little ones in your life how much you love them. Whether watching a movie together, playing a game, building a snowman, or any of the fun things listed I’ve listed up above; remember to have fun and be in the moment with them. Put the phone down, worry less, and laugh more.
What are your family’s favorite Valentine’s Day traditions? Are they similar to these, or do you have your own special ways to celebrate? Leave me a comment in the section below.
About the Author:
Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!