I'm spending Valentine's evening with my boys, ages 2 & 4, and I have every intention of making it special. I love themes and parties (and getting my boys dressed up). Any other mamas out there love a great time?
Don't feel like you have to sacrifice Valentine’s Day, just because you’re not planning a fancy 4-course meal at a ocean front restaurant with a sexy dress on. Make magic at home while making memories with your kids.
Here’s what I have in store for my handsomes…
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Valentine Books - here’s a couple books I’ll read with the boys, just to get them familiar with the notion of Valentine’s day. At ages 2 and 4, they won’t really grasp the romance piece, but love is something we do on the daily. Learning ways to show it is a great chance to let kids get creative with what they think love is and how to let others know they care.
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Heart Shaped Pizzas - I don’t know about yall, but my kids are obsessed with pizza. Not really “green living”, or “clean beauty”, but this is all mom life right there. Make your own dough or buy premade and slather on your favorite tomato sauce, mozzarella, and whatever else you like. Viola! Dinner to make any cupid’s heart smile.
Freeze Dance /Heart Hop - slow dancing is for weddings. Put on your fave dance songs and boogie away. Press pause to watch the kids FREEZE in a funny dance pose. Another option is to cut out big paper hearts and tape them to the floor. Let the kids hop around on them and freeze when the music stops. Don’t fall---the floor is love lava!!!
Sticky Heart Fun - Target has tons of Valentine decor, gifts, and games. I picked up this V-day take on “pin the tail on the donkey” and Tic-Tac-Toe for a little more fun with the kids while the pizzas cook.
A Lesson in Chivalry - as a mom of boys, I’m raising gentlemen of integrity and good character. I’d like to instill in them how to be chivalrous towards women. Now, strong feminist types may not like this, but as a lady, I do appreciate when a man shows a sense of class and honor in his behavior. We don’t practice this often, but on Valentine’s Day, I’d like my boys to put on a nice shirt, learn that it’s nice to open the door for a lady (or anyone), help her be seated, and maybe even bring a flower or gift. If you’re more women power and think this is a crummy idea, feel free to abstain. But if my boys can grow up and have a sense of courtesy and class, I’d be one proud mama.
Love Notes - Over dinner, I’d like the boys to learn about how to be thoughtful in expressing to people why you care and appreciate them. My boys aren’t writing yet, so I’d love to help them write a note of love to any family or friends they might want to. Let granny know why she’s so special. Why do you love dad so much? A note is a sweet way to give someone a reminder they can hold on to. Handmade notes are so much nicer than store bought cards.
Dessert - what’s a day of love without dessert! We will decorate a cupcake after dinner and enjoy our sweet treat. Make or buy one of your favorite treats to end the night. If you do the healthy thing, maybe enjoy fruit sorbet or a fruit cup, chocolate strawberries anyone? You can grab some heart shaped cookie cutters here.
So you see, love isn’t just for grown-ups, of course. But there’s fun to be had through every season, even with small ones at home. Making the theme and activities age-appropriate will keep them engaged. Using fun and creativity can be a great opportunity to teach and build character. I hope these tips have sparked creative thoughts in how you can include your littles in holidays more and, if you’ll be home with kids like me, make it super special too!
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Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.