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Valentine’s Day is coming soon!
Some people avoid it like the plague, some people treat it like just another day, and then other people become total saps. I’ve been all 3 at different points in my life. Now that my kiddo is 3 years old, he gets really excited about handing out Valentine’s, making heart-shaped (and yummy!) treats to give to neighbors, and having a happy excuse to celebrate another holiday (#ChristmasWithdrawal).
This year, we started a new tradition of showing love to our son. I saw this idea floating around social media that looked so cute and easy that I just had to give it a try.* And you probably have all the supplies to do it in your home already: construction paper, scissors, marker, and tape.
This is an activity for you to do FOR your children. Imagine waking up each morning and finding a note of encouragement saying something about you that people love. How wonderful would that kick off your day? That’s exactly what this activity is all about.
Take a mental stroll back to grade school and cut a heart out of construction paper. We chose traditional pink and red hearts. I started by making a template so my hearts could all be uniform. Then after my husband laughed at my trying to be precise, I threw away the template and did it the old school way. Just fold the paper in half, cut out half a heart from the fold side, then lay flat to have your heart. Beautiful! Now write the words, “I LOVE,” on each heart.
Starting the evening of February 1st, write down something you love about each of your kids on a separate heart.
I LOVE your curiosity
I LOVE how you always want to help me
I LOVE listening to you giggle
I LOVE how kind you are to others
While they are sleeping, attach each note to their door for them to find in the morning. Do this every night leading up to Valentine’s Day on February 14th. That’s 14 hearts making 14 mornings of telling your children what you love about them.
My husband and I chose to take turns each night. I wrote things I love about my son on pink hearts and my husband wrote on red. Jude is too young to read them, but he knows who each is from. Each morning, we would wake up to giggles and exclamations of “What’s it say? Read it, Momma!”
From the first morning to the last on Valentine’s Day, Jude’s excitement would grow bigger and bigger. I think you can see from the photo below how happy this makes him!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Give it a try and let me know your kids’ reactions! I’d love to hear how this goes for you and your family.
*Note: I scoured the Internet trying to find whoever came up with this idea but never found the original. Many thanks to whoever it is.