Inside: Celebrate valentine’s day this year showing your children how much you love them with these family Valentine’s Day ideas. Your relationship status doesn’t matter this year – it’s all about your love for your kids.
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Celebrate Them Instead
Valentine’s Day: you either love it or hate it. And your relationship status usually dictates that feeling.
After years of dreading the holiday, I decided one year to go all out for two people I love more than anything else in the world: my kids.
I spent weeks planning how I could surprise them throughout the day and make them feel all my love. After that Valentine’s Day, I no longer dread Valentine’s Day as a single parent, I look forward to it, just like any other holiday.
Whether you’re dreading Valentine’s Day or not, there’s no reason not to celebrate the little loves in your life with these family Valentine’s Day ideas.
Family Valentine’s Day Ideas – Shower Your Kids with Love
Start the Day With a Smile
Begin the day with a special breakfast. What would make your kids rub their tired eyes with their small fists and reveal a big smile big first thing in the morning?
Each household differs as to what determines a surprise breakfast:
- Biscuits and Gravy
- Sugary cereal you always say no to
- Breakfast in a restaurant in their PJs
- Traditional eggs, bacon, and sausage
The key is to surprise them with something out of the ordinary.
I like to keep it simple early in the morning. I hate to cook, and I dislike getting out of the house in the morning when I don’t have to.
Cinnamon rolls don’t happen very often in our house, so this is a treat. I topped off (yes, store-bought cinnamon rolls) with red icing hearts on them for a surprise. I placed it on the counter the night before so kids could find in the morning before I woke up.
Keep ‘Em Moving
Kids of all ages love scavenger hunts of all types. Send them off to see who can find the most of the following. If they have phones, have them take pictures to keep the older ones engaged.
- Something Red
- Something Pink
- Heart Shaped Object
- Find four objects to make the word LOVE
- A picture of our family hugging
- A red flower
The scavenger hunt buys you time to drink some coffee.
And Repeat – But with Reward
Send your child on another hunt to find their present. You can put out the clues the night before or when they’re busy eating breakfast, so they won’t see where you’re hiding the clues. You’ll leave clues in each area until they find the present.
- (Hand them this clue) Your first clue is where I lay my head.
- (Put this clue under your pillow) Your next clue is where the dirty clothes are
- (Put this clue in the washing machine) Your next clue is where your snow boots belong
- (Put this clue in the closet) Your next clue is where we get clean
- (Put this clue in the bath) Your next clue is where I sit to eat dinner
- (Put this clue on the kitchen chair) Your next clue is where your clean socks go
- (Put this clue in the dresser) Your present is where a cooked turkey would be
As you can tell, I don’t use my oven. I also keep the gifts pretty simple. That particular year they received Unicorn Farts, a favorite card game for the family, SkipBo, and a cup full of candy and Valentine’s Day Coupons, which you can get below from the resource library.
No Cost Ideas
A perfect no-cost gift is valentines coupons. Grab yours from the resource library. They are all blank so you can personalize them yourself.
Depending on your budget here are some ideas:
- Bike Ride
- Favorite Fast Restaurant
- Dinner Date
- Doughnuts before school
- Ice cream cone
- Stay up 30 minutes past bedtime
- Extra 30 minutes on iPad
- Board game of your choice
Write your child a yearly love letter. Then hang it up in a frame in their bedroom and then each year place a new one on the front, always keeping last years behind it. After many years, your child will have multiple love letters from you to them.
Or on nice card-stock, using the alphabet write a word to describe your child for each letter of the alphabet. For a child that thrives on words of affirmation, this can be very uplifting. My children treasured it so much, the following year for Mother’s Day, my children made me the same gift.
Let the Fun Begin
Valentines Day is the best holiday to play Minute to Win it games. The candy is so cheap so you can buy multiple bags and not worry about throwing the candy on the floor and tossing it. Every year, we look forward to playing the same seven games. We set aside a full afternoon and have a great time.
It can be tough to face a holiday like Valentine’s Day when you’re single. But if you have your kids, then you have the perfect, willing love just waiting to spend the day with you.
Print out your Valentine’s Day coupons from the resource library and see how many of these family Valentine’s Day ideas you can incorporate into your day.
No, it won’t be the same as dinner, roses, and a movie. But it may just be more amazing than you thought.
Besides the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is about love for humanity, not about romantic love.