To many people, Valentine’s Day is usually a holiday that’s all about romance- lovers going to specially organized Valentine parties, couples rekindling their marriage vows through series of romantic events, and so on. Thus, with almost everyone associating Valentine’s Day with romance and sexually immoral acts perpetrated by some people on this day, it almost seems there’s no place for kids in Valentine’s Day celebration. This has made many parents paranoid and worried about the ideal way to involve their kids in Valentine celebration without getting them exposed to negative acts some people have associated with Valentine’s Day celebration.
While the idea of a romantic getaway with a significant other may sound like the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day for youths/singles, parents can still find a way to celebrate with their children too.
Kids love holidays and traditions, and there are lots of fun ways to make Valentine’s Day special.
Here are some tips, tricks and suggestions on how to safely and positively celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids at home.
Beautify Your House
We traditionally decorate our home during Christmas and New Year season, why not Valentine’s Day too? So, get some inexpensive decorations like balloons and ribbons—anything you feel can captivate your kids, and then let them hang them up. Items like flowers, tickertapes, and tablecloths can also be used.
Create fun and love-themed games by play them with your kids. Many games that are childhood favorites can be modified to include a Valentine’s Day theme. For example, it’s easy to find free printable templates for games like Valentine’s Bingo and others. You can make the games even more fun by making your own customized version of the games. Something like this:
One of the best ways to demonstrate to your kids that reading is fun is to include it in celebration activities like Valentine’s Day and others. For instance, let your kids read about the legend of St. Valentine and. You can also take the opportunity to encourage reading by choosing a few of the great love-themed storybooks available and reading them with your kids.
Feed the Bellies
Cook easy, kid-friendly Valentine’s Day cakes, snacks and healthy meals to signpost the love day. More importantly, involve your kids in the cooking process as cooking and baking, experts say, provide all kinds of valuable lessons in many aspects of math and reading. While the little children do the pouring and dumping, the older ones can learn to read recipes and measure ingredients.
Organize a Party
Once the house is decorated, games have been set; and delicious treats made available, then let your in-house Valentine’s Day kids’ party begin. Let your kids invite a few friends from neighborhood to share the fun with them. Some singing and dancing will not hurt your kids. Besides, dancing is one of the best ways to channel the seemingly boundless energy of children. It has a lot of benefits.
Tell Your Children You Love Them
Are you surprised by this? Yes, many parents will be, because nearly every parent presumes their kids know they already love them. While this is true, it doesn’t mean we should forget to say the actual words regularly. Love needs reassurance. Even if you tell your kids every day that you love them, devise a means to say it a special way on Valentine’s Day. Or is it not love what Valentine’s Day is really all about?