Heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolate never get old when children are involved. But, even for adults, tearing off the red cellophane to reveal little pieces of joy is exciting. Make it a yearly tradition. Start by teaching your kids the art of finding the good chocolates and steering clear of chalky bonbons. It's guaranteed to remain a fond memory.
Craft handwritten Valentine's cards to your children and send them through the mail. Then, they will have mail to come home to on Valentine's Day. Write out a note about why you love your child or a list of things about them that make you smile. Receiving a personal piece of mail is rare these days, and it makes mail call on Valentine's Day all the more exciting for little ones.
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Take out your smartphone and record interviews with your children about love and tell them why you love them. Save it to create a digital time capsule or create a family website to post it and share with members of your family who are far away. You can also add your interview for the American Folklife Center at Library of Congress through a program called StoryCorps. Thousands of people across the nation have recorded interviews with the people who mean the most to them through StoryCorps.
You don't have to make a heart-shaped meal, but it sure makes eating on Valentine's Day fun for the kids! If you're not skilled in the kitchen, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make grilled cheese sandwiches to serve with tomato soup. If you're committed to making something the kids will love, try heart-shaped calzones! Messy Aprons has an easy-to-follow recipe your kids will appreciate.
If you have the energy, take a weekend trip with the kids to somewhere fun to be in the middle of February. Go to an indoor water park, or if you want to go the extra mile and seriously celebrate chocolate, head to Hotel Hershey or Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. There's a chocolate spa for adults and loads of activities for kids, including classes on making your own candy bars! A break for the family in the middle of winter is always welcome, and Valentine's Day is as good of a reason as any.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be just for couples. Use it as an excuse to show your love to the whole family. Whether you give your kids gadgets to express your affection or you plan a nice meal, open up the day to everyone close to your heart and show them how much you care.