When we think of Valentine’s Day we often think of couples going out on a date. Flowers, candy, teddy bears and at times some unmentionables…those are the usual items that are exchanged all in the name of love. Children exchange valentines in school and have fun parties. It’s a fun time.
It’s also a great time to celebrate love as a family. It’s really another teachable moment. I’m teaching my kids the importance of love and the fact that there’s a day that is 100% dedicated to love. I’ve heard people say how you shouldn’t wait until Valentine’s Day to tell someone you love them and I couldn’t agree more! I feel like if you tell someone that you love them…let’s say two or three times on a random Tuesday, well then on Valentine’s Day, you tell them like six or seven times.
It’s not hard.
But just think about it. When a father takes his son or daughter with him to pick out some flowers for Mom and allows them to also pick some out too, something so simple stays with them forever. It’s special. Same thing for when Mom lets the kids help her make Dad’s favorite meal or pick out a card. Now of course these things can absolutely be done any day of the week for whatever reason but we tend to make more of a big deal on Valentine’s Day. And by starting when the kids are young you have better chances of them participating when they’re teenagers (I’m hoping). As they get older they’ll understand the importance of expressing their love to their love ones.
You don’t even have to spend any money. Many people complain that the day has gotten way too commercial. You can simply go on a picnic or go for a walk, watch a movie or spend the day playing board games…whatever floats your boat. The point is to spend the day loving on your family, the people that mean the most. And if there’s any doubt at least you told them you loved them on Valentine’s Day.
But don’t wait, say it every day!