“Making the decision to have a baby is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”- Elizabeth Stone.
I’m not the biggest fan of valentines day, but I read a post recently about how children should be exposed to all of our holidays and traditions, so I try to make a little bit of an effort each year! Valentines day doesn’t have to be about couples going on a fancy date, buying extravagant gifts, or a romantic weekend away. Us parents don’t always have the opportunity to get away, and I think its a great idea to make valentines a family affair, and make our little ones feel extra loved for the day.
So I thought i’d post a few ways to include your children this weekend, without breaking the bank:
1. Write them a letter- Children love to know they are loved, and putting a few messages in a card is a lovely way to start their day. Even if they are only tiny, you could make this into a family tradition. Write a letter each year, and keep them all for when they are older.
2. Start the day off with a valentines day breakfast- Strawberry milkshakes, pancakes and syrup or even a slice of toast and jam cut into the shape of a heart. It doesn’t need to be complicated to be memorable! I have come across some great things in home bargains, such as heart shaped egg moulds, which may help to inspire you!
3. Make and/or decorate biscuits- Grab some icing and a tub of sprinkles, and create a wonderful memory they will treasure. Baking is such a lovely way to bond with your children, but if you’re like me, and burn the toast, decorating a pack of digestives is just as good!
4. Family date night- Fill up a bowl with love heart sweets, cut out some heart-shaped name plaques for their plate, buy a bunch of flowers, light a little candle, and you’ll have yourselves a valentines table that they will love. They even have heart shaped pizzas in Asda- perfect!
5. Get out the arts and crafts and get your children to make cards for each other- All children love to get creative, and most of us have some card, felt tips, stickers (and even the dreaded glitter if you’re feeling brave enough). Don’t forget to get involved too! As parents, we love receiving hand made gifts from our children, but sometimes we forget that our children love receiving them just as much as we do!
Choosing just one of these ideas is such a lovely way to celebrate Valentines day as a family. Something as simple as biscuit decorating can really uplift your little ones. They crave our attention, and these are just a few easy ways of showing them just how much they mean to you, in a fun and creative way. Do you have any traditions? I am always on the lookout for new ideas and would love to hear them! But whatever you do, I hope you all have a lovely Valentines day, and I look forward to meeting lots of newborns in November (If you know what I mean..) Ha!