What will I get my children this year for Valentine's Day??
We may not consider Valentine's Day a major holiday, but I think we all see the value in taking time to express our love and appreciation for others.
Anyone else fear they may fall short in celebrating this day with their children? When my four children were younger I was plagued by the fear of 'mom failure' at times like this. I would scan Pinterest to realize I wasn't artsy enough. I looked at social media and was overwhelmed with the cost of what others were doing. Desperation brought me to the realization that showing our children that we loved them could be both simple and inexpensive. Some years our celebration was a trip to the Dollar Store, pancakes with red and pink sprinkles, or a scavenger hunt that lead to a handmade card with a piece of candy taped to it. I realized that my children weren't looking for expensive tokens of our love, but our time, words of affirmation, and hugs.
Be released from external pressures that make you feel you aren't doing enough for your children because you can't go out to a fancy dinner or purchase a 6 foot teddy bear. Those things pass with time, however,
the memory of how you made them feel will last forever.
Valentine's Day is just a few days away. If you feel your creative juices are running low, I have a attached a link with some ideas I hope you find helpful. In addition, we would love to hear any of your creative ideas that we can also pass along.
And remember, this is a great time to teach your children the value of being a good friend, showing appreciation to their teachers, surprising the mailman/woman with a handmade card, or calling a grandparent just to say "I love you". The gifts that build good character shape their little hearts and minds forever!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO ALL OF OUR AMAZING FAMILIES!
IT IS A TRUE JOY TO DO LIFE WITH YOU.