Sure, February 14 is thought of as for couples. But it
really is day of celebrating love, and there is no age
restriction on love and affection.
And, older children,
especially teenagers, often get very involved in Valentines
Day rituals. So, Valentines Day celebrations don’t have just
be restaurant dinners for two or just for adults.
Have some fun with
the whole family this February, as well as any couple
related gestures you wish for.
Give Valentines day cards
to all the important people in your life – your partner
children, parents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and God
children are a good starting point.
Sit down with your children
and make beautiful Valentines Day cards for their friends
and Grandparents. If you exclude some of the romantic
notions of love, you can get the children to make cards as a
thank you to teachers and coaches, too.
Cards can be made from red or pink card
and decorate with the child’s drawings or a collage of lace
(try paper doyleys as a supply of lace!), ribbon and
glitter. Or perhaps use a heart shaped hole punch to good
Do some cooking with the
children. Use heart cutters for shaped biscuits or pastries,
coat strawberries in chocolate or make jellies in heart
moulds. Older children could even cook a special meal as a
Valentines gift to their parents, and then go out for a few
hours as the other gift!
Have a family meal every
Valentines Day – or make it on Valentines Eve so teens can
still be with their boyfriend/girlfriend. Have nice food and
keep outside distractions to a minimum – turn off the TV,
unhook the phone and have soft music playing.
Make it a time to appreciate and value
each other, and perhaps share some special memories and
thoughts about one another. Play some Valentines games, with
chocolate hearts as prizes for silly reasons.
Teach children about love
beyond family – make Valentines Day gifts a donation to a
charity or cause instead of treats that are soon forgotten.
It could be a perfect time to help an orphan learn there is
love in the world.
Make some Valentines
decorations and hang them around the house. Try pink and red
paper chains, heart shapes cut out and stuck up, heart
glitter spread on tables and appropriate table cloths.
Y If you are holding a party,
cut out heart shaped invitations, decorate with pink, red
and white balloons and streamers, add pink colouring to
drinks and food where feasible and use lots of candles (but
only if it safe to do so.)
Whatever you do,
celebrate the love you share with your partner and children
and have some fun this February!
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
of Word Constructions. Tash is available to write articles and profiles for any
business, as well as doing other business documentation projects. You can see
her site and services at www.wordconstructions.com
funky gift suits many age groups and relationships, and can
be shared by the family!