Valentine’s Day is more of a Hallmark holiday now a days and it makes me so sad. It is important to step back and focus on the fact that Valentine’s Day is a day to express and share love. The spirit Valentine’s Day is so wonderful and we should really try to make the most of it without getting caught up in the commercial aspects.
Here are 7 things you can do to make Valentine’s Day more meaningful -
1. READ – We LOVE any excuse to read. So why not to just that? Here are our Valentine’s Day book recommendations …
Valentine’s Day provides us a lovely theme (pretty hearts and all!) , so use it as an excuse to learn. Here is our post and free downloadable learning pack for kids/printable (just become a facebook fan and it is yours!)
Valentine’s Day offers so many amazing craft ideas. A heart shape is a versatile shape. Put it to the test and have fun crafting with your kids!
Here is a clickable collage with crafts we made as well.
4. FOCUS ON GIVING BACK
Valentine’s Day is a day to share love. We can get all stressed about buying gifts for each other or you can focus on giving back to others. Kids learn so much when they see us give back. So make Valentine’s Day about giving back.
Toddler Approved has a series of posts on giving back called the 100 Acts of Kindness Project, so check that out for sure!
5. SING AND DANCE
Valentine’s Day does not always mean you have to buy stuff. Make up a song with your kids. Record it and save it. Make it a tradition. How fun would that be? To make a family song every year (for as long as the kids are up to it!). It would make a great keepsake!
6. COOK TOGETHER
Sharing a meal is all about family and love. WHy not host a little Valentine’s Day meal with close friends and family. Cook, eat, hug and share your food and love for each other.
7. JUST Say NO.
Just keep out of the chaos. Buy some Valentines at the Dollar Store or Target and be done with it. Focus on things that matter to you. Valentine’s Day might matter to some. But if it does not matter that much to you, admit it and focus on things that do matter. It is OKAY.