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Five Special Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day As A Family

Typically ads around this time of year are geared toward celebrating romantic love. But what activities can you do as a whole family? The pressure may be on to create an event worthy of its own Pinterest page, but don’t over-complicate things! Read on to get some easy-to-implement ideas on how to show your loved ones that you care for them.

Start The Day With Love:

The single act of waking up can make anyone grumpy. As a kid, my mom typically woke me up by opening the shades abruptly and singing “Get up, get up, get up, get up, get out of bed! Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, you sleepy head! The sun is shining, the birds are singing — get up, get up, get up!”

It worked — as in, I woke up — but I was grumpy.

My dad, however, was awesome at waking me up. He’d come in and sit at the edge of the bed, and talk really soothingly while he rubbed my back. It eased me from sleep to wakefulness slowly.

Take the same approach with your kids. Wake them up by smoothing their hair while talking to them in a soothing voice. Tell them how much you love them and how excited you are to spend the day with them. Greet them with a glass of water or hot chocolate (or coffee if it’s your spouse), or with the smell of their favorite breakfast wafting in from the kitchen. Let them sleep in if they want (realizing you get to go back to bed is such a great feeling!), or bring them downstairs and make a cuddle pile in the living room as you munch on breakfast and sip juice.

You can even go the classic Valentine’s Day route by adding a sweet theme to breakfast: make heart-shaped eggs or fold cinnamon rolls into a heart before they bake. If they’re going off to a playdate or school, tuck a sweet note in their backpack so they know that you’re thinking of them.

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Scavenger Hunt of Loving Memories:

Think of all the fun trips, sleepovers, events, and holidays that your family has been through, and recall events that inspire them to feel proud of what they’ve done. Then, leave clues tucked with these objects throughout the house, whether it’s a picture, a token from a trip, a favorite book, or even a trophy.

Each note will give a clue to the next item, like “Go to the race where you won first place,” or “A snapshot of where we swam all day, and picked up shells while we played!” (You don’t have to rhyme, obviously, especially if you’re terrible at it like me, but it can add some fun!) Then your child will go to where the trophy is on display, or pick up the frame with a picture of your family on the beach, and look for the next clue.

Continue this with happy memories, helping the littler ones as necessary. When they have gathered all their clues, have an activity ready to do, whether it’s baking cookies as a family, or heading out to the park with the dog! Or take a family selfie to remind yourself of the awesome memory you just created.

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C. Dixon likes to read, sing, eat, drink, write, and other verbs. She enjoys cavorting around the country to visit loved ones and experience new places, but especially likes to be at home with her husband and dog.