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Valentine's Love For The Whole Family

This week I have been busy planning Valentine's Day for my sweetie. We are trying to decide if we will celebrate it on February 14, or on February 15, as our schedules are not exactly matching up. I have now suggested we do both. Why not have twice the amount of Valentine's celebration? A mini Valentines Day on February 14, like Valentine's Day Eve and then our Valentine's Day will be February 15. And we might as well not stop there, we would be remiss to not celebrate Valentine's Boxing Day on February 16.

I was chatting with one of my dear friends who has two little girls. She was telling me that they are doing Family Valentine's Day this year. I asked her what this meant, I've never really thought of Valentine's Day as a family affair. Her and her husband explained Valentine's Day to their two girls and how it is a time for love and showing each other you care. They are allowing the girls to plan their evening to celebrate. The evening will go something like this: a kid friendly meal by candle light, skating, and home for hot chocolate. That sounds like a wonderful date to me!

On Valentine's Day this year, our Leadership Team at ABC Head Start is scheduled to do strategic planning all day. But because it is the day of love, we are bringing an old-fashioned valentine for each member of the team listing the most wonderful quality they bring to the team. In the ABC Head Start classrooms we often try to teach the children about different traditions. Right now there is a lot of heart tracing going on and sharing with their friends just how special they are. The children are always excited, no matter what the holiday, they enjoy learning about and celebrating special days. This is how we create memories and traditions for children.

What memories and traditions will you create with your children and loved ones? Here are my top ten favourite ideas for sharing Valentine's love as a family:

1. Put little gifts or a sweet note on your children/family members night stands for them to wake up to. 2. Use a simple heart-shaped cookie cutter and turn everything you make that day into a Valentine's treat! Make heart-shaped pancakes, eggs, cookies, sandwiches… and even hamburgers to get into the Vday spirit! 3. Chicken fingers by candle light. ;) 4. Encourage your children to do random acts of kindness instead of give gifts (after all it is Random Acts of Kindness week as well.) 5. Get each family member to write a "Ten Things I Love About You" list. 6. Cozy up on the couch as a family and watch a sweet favourite like "Lady and the Tramp." 7. Have a family bake-off! Split into teams and create some yummy deserts with a Valentine's theme. 8. Create a tree of loved ones. As a family create a tree of all the people (and animals) who are special to your family. 9. Check out some books from the love library. Visit the library and get in the spirit by taking out books about love. 10. Create your own love letters. Create them as a family, save them in a box, and pass them out all year-long to loved ones and strangers alike.

No matter what you end up doing I hope you give and receive lots of love this Valentines day....and Eve...and Boxing Day... What are your favourite things to do for a Family Valentine's Day? Your memories? Your traditions? Share them with me!

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