Now that you're a parent, this mushy-gushy holiday has an entirely new meaning! Valentine's Day doesn't just have to be something celebrated between you and your other half. After all, this day is about spreading love and whom better to share it with than your entire family? Here are a few Valentine's Day traditions you can start with your family this year.
PLAN A SCAVENGER HUNT
Help the children make and hide clues, taping a small chocolate kiss on each one. Be sure to have gifts at the end of the hunt. These gifts can include handwritten notes expressing love and appreciation, personal certificates of service (I will wash the dishes, do laundry, cook dinner, etc.), drawings,homemade treats, framed family pictures, etc.
MAKE HOMEMADE VALENTINES FOR EACH OTHER
Let the kids use their imagination in making the cards and let their creativity shine. Each person should make a card for everyone in the family. Parents should make cards for each other too! Consider keeping the homemade cards in a safe place like a binder with sheet protectors so you can look back at them.
MAKE A SPECIAL VALENTINES DINNER TOGETHER
If the kids are old enough, let them help cook dinner (be sure to checkout our recipe section for dinnr ideas). Everyone can have their own special part in making the meal. This makes children feel included and cooking is great way to build family bonds.
FAMILY DATE NIGHT
If you don’t mind spending a little cash, consider having a family date night. Everyone can dress up and go to a restaurant you've never been to before. You could even do this at home after you've prepared a delicious meal together as suggested in the previous activity. After dinner you could watch movies or play board games as part of family date night.
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