Valentine’s Day is a great holiday for couples to celebrate all of the things you love about each other. There’s nothing funner than to celebrate the love you share between one another and all the great things you share in your relationship. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be for lovers. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate all kinds of love and all your important relationships. And along with your spouse one of your most important relationships is with your family.
Valentine’s Day is a great day to let family members know how much you love and appreciate them, too. Even though it’s mostly couples and lovers who celebrate it, there are many different kinds of love. And you absolutely should celebrate the love you share with your family. But this can be tough because Valentine’s Day seems to be focused on couples. So Here are 5 things you can do enjoy Valentine’s Day together as a family and celebrate the love you share for each other:
5 Way To Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Family
1. Write Love Notes. Many romantic love notes are exchanged on Valentine’s Day. What about writing a love note to your child? Let them know that you see them trying, admire their strengths, or appreciate their help. “Love notes” can be written for other important people in your life too. Communicating appreciation and love can not only brighten someone’s day but strengthen your relationship with them!
2. Have a Date Day. I have written about the importance of connecting as a family and including family “date days” in your plans before. Valentine’s Day is another opportunity to be intentional with your time and plan a special outing or activity to enjoy together.
3. Surprise Someone. Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to surprise each other. Surprises can be small
gifts, love notes, or surprise “dates”. The element of surprise make it special, because it shows someone that you were thinking about them and planning something special for them. I recently had one parent share with me that while her children are sleeping the night before Valentine’s Day, she fills their room with red and pink balloons. I love this example of a fun surprise for children!
4. Cook a Special Meal. Eating together can be a special time to re-connect and share stories. Cooking
together can be a fun family activity and making it special will help celebrate the day and your loved ones. “Special” can mean many things including making something new, having a dessert you don’t usually have or bringing out the fancy dishes. Young children can be involved by asking them to make paper placemats. Lighting candles or using chopsticks are also ideas to make meals fun and special for children.
5. Help Your Children Think of Others. Help your children to think of the special people in their lives and ways they might be able to let them know that they are loved and appreciated. Many children will love to be involved in making special crafts, cards, or baking a treat. If family members live far away, plan a time to talk or skype to let them know you’re thinking of them. Valentine’s Day is a great time to teach your children the importance of being kind and showing appreciation for their loved ones.
Valentine’s Day is really just a reminder to tell each other “I Love You”. While keeping it a special day for romantic love, it can also be a day of celebrating each important relationship in your life. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to re-connect as a family and make some fun new memories.
Amanda Regalia, M.A. is a marriage and family counselor and clinician for The Marriage and Family Clinic in Denver, CO. Amanda specializes in working with families and children ages 5 and up. She is passionate about helping people to create practical solutions that support them in achieving their goals and improving their relationships and life.