When we think about celebrating Valentine’s Day, most of us think of our spouse, our partner, or our would-be sweetheart. We hunt for the romantic, the gifts or gestures that assert or reconfirm our love. Yet the day is about much more than flowers and candy in heart-shaped boxes, especially if you have children.
How you treat your partner on Valentine’s Day speaks loudly to your offspring. They are watching and absorbing the ways you recognize and celebrate your adult bond. How inclusive you are of your children influences how they will likely act toward those they love in the future.
On Valentine’s Day
When you add children into the Valentine’s Day mix, making Valentines with them to give to their friends may be the smallest part. Being warm and loving to your grownup Valentine is as important as expressing love for your young Valentines. Here are suggestions for creating a special Valentine’s Day in your house:
On the 364 other days
How thoughtful and affectionate you are to your grownup Valentine and your children the rest of the year makes a lasting impression. Just double up on Valentine’s Day and your sweethearts-in-training will get the message.
For other ideas, see LittleThings Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day
Please share your suggestions in the comment section below.
Copyright 2013 by Susan Newman