A family Valentine's Day
I'm struggling to decide how to start my post about celebrating Valentine's Day with your family.
I LOVE making a big old deal of Valentine's Day for the kids. But at the moment I'm preoccupied with the fact that this evening, after our dentist appointments, we've got to practise the dictée words Cameron doesn't yet know for his weekly quiz tomorrow. And the Valentine's Day cards are not yet complete. And I haven't baked anything for the class party.
So a bit of advice before I move on to all the happy stuff: Don't allow the other half of the parenting operation to suggest that your child do just a few Valentines a day in the six days leading up to the class party. Just knock 'em off on a Sunday afternoon with some fun music playing and maybe a handful of cinnamon hearts for incentive (just make sure everyone brushes their teeth, particularly if you're facing a finger-wagging dental hygienist anytime soon).
With that out of the way, I thought I'd share my own tradition for celebrating this romantic holiday with your kids. Because who said the lovey-dovey stuff should be confined to couplehood? Pshshaw!
I always make a Valentine's Day breakfast for my kids, whether it's a school day or not (delighted it comes in the middle of weekend this year!). I decorate the table with hearts made from construction paper. My kids get a little chocolate and maybe a Valentine's themed T-shirt or some other little token, which is waiting for them at their place setting. Like this...
I'm pretty sure that last year's Valentine's Day was the beginning of my youngest child's love affair with chocolate.
Since I've got three extra kids in my house right now, we may need to forget about the novelty shaped pancakes and just chuck in a few chocolate chips. (I'm sounding pretty irresponsible with the sugar, aren't I? In my defence, may I add that I won't be giving them giant heart-shaped boxes of chocolates?)
However you celebrate the day, I hope you have a lovely time!