Valentine’s Day is such a wonderful occasion - it’s a day to celebrate love!
Going around Metro Manila, I’m sure you’ve seen the multitudes of couples in cafes, restaurants, on the streets, flowers in hand and smiles on their faces.
But Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. It’s a great time to also show your love for your family! So why not come up with new traditions that you can do every year at home?
And remember: Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to only be on February 14… In fact, since families are sources of love and security for children, these activities can be done anytime during the year.
Here are some ideas:
On the night before Valentine’s Day, grab a glass jar, some paper, and a pair of scissors. Cut the paper into hearts, and ask everyone to write down one thing they love about each family member and drop it in the heart jar. The next day - which is Valentine’s Day - read them one by one.
Sharing the love at dinner doesn’t have to be at a fancy restaurant. In fact, it’s a great excuse to get everyone together to help out at the kitchen! Make Valentine’s-themed dishes like heart-shaped pancakes, desserts with pink frosting - get creative. What matters is that you spend quality time together.
I love you post-it notes
Get a stack of post-it notes and have everyone help write “I love you” and other sweet messages on each one. Then split up and stick it everywhere around the house that’s somewhat hidden but they’re sure others will see eventually. Try the inside of a refrigerator door, on someone’s pair of shoes, the bathroom mirror, the first page on a school notebook, etc.
Spread the love
What better way to teach your children how to show love to others than by practicing simple acts of kindness? If there’s a local charity you want to donate to, or an organization that takes care of the less fortunate, let your children in on it. Teaching by example is the best way children learn good values.
We even had our own activities in school to celebrate love day! Every month, we have what we call a “monthly value” – for this month, it was love. Every single student and teacher had their own envelopes up on our bulletin board and they served as “mailboxes.” Students and teachers alike then put notes in those mailboxes, and we got to open them last Friday.
And dear parents, we hope you enjoyed your gifts! Each class from pre-school to highschool prepared simple tokens like chocolate balls, cookies, and even plants.
Dear parents, Valentine’s Day isn’t just an excuse to have special desserts, binge on chocolates and admire flowers - it’s a great opportunity to heal others through unconditional love.
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