Well, this weekend is Valentine’s Day. As always, it is one of my favorite holidays, if you could call a one day holiday that. I love the romance, the flowers, the chocolates, the wine. 🙂 But seriously, I love the way it makes people reach out to family and friends with cards, wishes, and most importantly, helps people remember to love those near and dear to them. I know, I know, many of you are probably thinking: marketing holiday. Ok, so it’s a chance for restaurants, lingerie companies and chocolate places to make a killing, but to me it also gives people an excuse to pick up the phone, make reservations for nice dinner out with their partner, their family or friends.
For families like ours, it is so cute to see Michael get excited about making Valentine’s crafts for his classmates, eat his chips or chocolate the day of Valentine’s, and decorate the house prior. He has also gotten a kick out of planning the menu for Valentine’s Day with me:
“As long as there is something red Mommy, I don’t care what we have.” He smiles.
We usually do pizza, pasta, with some chocolate or something with red on it for desert, of course. 🙂 It is fun, economical, and Michael’s father and I usually plan an adult evening on another day of the week where we go out for a later Valentine’s supper, or watch a movie with wine and desert and some quality time. 🙂 I think whatever you choose to do, it should reflect what and who you care about.
Seeing Michael taking an interest over the last few years in the preparations of cards for his friends and crafts that he makes for us, shows me his maturity, his happiness with ceremony, and that he understands that this is more than a marketing holiday. It is a chance to tell those around us that we love them in a special way, and that way does not have to involve a lot of money or anything fancy. As long as it comes from the heart, that is what counts.
Exceptional Parents, what is Valentine’s Day like in you home? How do you mark it with your chid/dren? I think that as long as you model how to love and care for everyone in your child’s life, you are on the road to celebrating a great Valentine’s Day, no matter how you decide to mark it. Happy Valentine’s to you and your families! Until next time .