I have been back and forth about Valentine’s and for most people you either love it or you hate it. I have grown to love Valentine’s day, of course we show love daily but it is a special day to really talk about what love means and even make a bigger gesture of love than we would everyday. So why is it important that we make Valentine’s meaningful to our kids?
1. Valentine’s prompts a conversation- Most parents look for small opportunities to have a conversation with our kids about the big stuff…about Jesus, about relationships, etc. Valentine’s is a beautiful time to teach our kids about the ultimate love; the love of Christ. There is no love on this earth that can compare to the love of Christ. When we can talk about what love is, what the bible says about our children wont be shaped but what the world says love is but what God says love is!
Teach them that Love is patient, kind, does not envy, it does not boast, its not proud, it does not dishonor others, it is not selfish, is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil, but rejoices in truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
2. Valentine’s gives them a chance to see love displayed- Yes Yes I know we should be displaying love everyday and I agree but its a great time to go out of your way to do something special. Our kids are learning from us…how to show love, how to receive love…that Valentine’s isn’t just for people in relationships! Growing up my mom was the best Valentine; she always did something special for us on Valentine’s day. I have now carried this on with my kids by doing something extra special that I would not normally do every day…something that makes them feel incredibly loved!
3. Valentine’s can be special and fun- I love to make a big deal out of the little things! Take some time with the kids and make Valentine decorations, cut hearts out and write sweet messages to each person in the family, plan a special meal, dessert, game night, or movie night….something everyone will love! Being together is a great way to say I love you. Go out of your way to make it a great day!