This month we’re delighted to have Family Day Mom Blogger, Jen Frost, discuss some ways she celebrates Valentine’s Day with her family. Jen is a quilter and crafter who shares her faith through fabric. She’s a pattern writer, quilt designer, and book author. When she’s not in front of her sewing machine, she can be found at the beach with her husband and son, toes happily buried in the sand. She writes and quilts each week at Faith and Fabric.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! February 14th is a day known for celebrating romance between couples, but it’s also a wonderful day to celebrate and share that love with your entire family.
Did you know that showing unconditional love for your children is good not only emotionally but physically as well? A 2013 study by UCLA showed that a loving relationship with a parent can help protect children from health problems linked to toxic stress such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and other health risks. It also helps their brain development – school age children who grow up in a loving, nurturing, and stable environment have better brain development than their peers.
Here are a few fun (and even educational!) ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family…and share a little love along the way:
1. Start the day off right with a healthy breakfast of heart-shaped whole grain pancakes and fresh strawberries. The protein and fiber in the pancakes will keep their tummies feeling full longer, and the red strawberries bring a bit of the Valentine’s Day feel as well as a ton of antioxidants. No time to make pancakes in the morning? Cut a piece of toast into a shape of a heart and cover with red jam.
2. Write them a love note and stick it in their lunch box. They’ll love getting a surprise note from their parents in an unexpected place!
3. Help them write a note to someone special in a really special – and sweet – way! Those candy hearts, so popular every year, not only taste great, but can be used to create candy love notes. Write one to your kids, and help them (depending on their age) write one for their mom or dad. It’s a lot of fun to read the notes with silly phrases from the candy hearts!
4. Pull out your wedding pictures (or photos of their grandparents’ wedding…or both!) and share. Children love hearing stories about how their parents met and seeing photos of their parents on their big day!
5. Give them a hug and tell them how much you love them. Actions can be just as strong as words, and nothing is as strong as a loving hug and hearing mom or dad telling you how much you’re loved!