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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Kids

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Love is in the Air! 

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is all about love. This heart-filled holiday is a wonderful time to express some extra love with your kids. Here are a few fun ways to celebrate while spending some quality time together as a family.

Healthy Valentine's Day DessertShare Something Sweet

One of everyone’s favorite parts of Valentine’s Day is the candy and sweets. But instead of stocking up in the grocery store candy aisle, consider picking up some healthy ingredients for a Valentine’s Day dessert project, and plan to make a family evening of it. Pinterest will always have some creative idea boards for healthy Valentine’s Day desserts. You can check out our Be Mine, Valentine Pinterest board. Another idea is to ask your children what types of fruits, vegetables or other healthy foods make them think of Valentine’s Day symbols (such as hearts or flowers). Then, brainstorm together about what clever treat concoctions you might create together. Bonus: Help tie in a lesson on loving others by sharing some of your dessert with a neighbor, friend or family member who might live alone or need a visit.

Create a Craft

Arts and crafts are one of the best ways to relieve stress, relax and express your thoughts and feelings. Gather items around the house or visit a store’s craft aisle for a fun and creative Valentine’s Day project with your kids. You could make homemade Valentine’s Day cards for them to hand out at school. Or, you could cut out paper conversation hearts, asking your children to think of fun words or phrases they could write in order to play a conversation game. While you’re creating together, ask your children about the topic of love and what it means. You might receive some sweet responses you can use as teachable moments. 

Father Daughter Date NightMake a Memory

There’s nothing a parent would trade for a magical memory with their children. No matter where you live, there’s always something fun to experience and explore, so don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids through a fun experience in your community. Consider getting dressed up for a daddy-daughter or mother-son date night at fun restaurant of your child’s choice. A lot of communities have theatre productions, concerts or Valentine’s Day-themed movies you could experience together. If your city has an ice skating rink during the winter months, hit the ice together as a family. You could also consider visiting a local food bank or homeless shelter together and teach your kids about the importance of loving others through serving.

However you choose to celebrate, give your kids a say in the planning. You will never regret the special times, silly moments and opportunities to make a lasting impression on your little ones. Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to show your kids just how much you love them and to teach them how to share love with others.