January 26, 2018
Welcome back to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to let mothers share their favorite tips and tricks to help our families thrive. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help your family by sharing fun ways we can communicate love this Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Your first reaction may be that it’s obvious to our children know how much we love them, right? Hopefully that’s true in your home, but it’s only human to get caught up in the busyness of life and in assumptions. For example, we assume our kids know how crazy we are about them based on the time we spend with them, the care we provide for them, and the sacrifices we make for them on a daily basis. I’d bet my overflowing laundry hamper that if your kids still live in your house, they don’t always connect those dots.
All of this to say, as mamas, let’s make a point to verbally communicate love to our children this Valentine’s Day and beyond. Challenge accepted? Here are some fun and simple ideas to help you during this holiday of love.
Write it out.
Cut out paper hearts or even use a quick sticky note and write one thing you love about your child on each piece. Tape one note to the bathroom mirror, bedroom door, or refrigerator each night after they go to sleep starting on February 1 and continue this through Valentine’s Day. Many children tend to learn best through visuals and this will be a beautiful display of your love for them as unique individuals. Spread the love all over and cherish the sweetness to come.
Treat them to their favorites.
On February 14th you can help them understand the holiday and speak their love language by surprising them with their favorite treat. Make it a point to talk about how all their little quirks and preferences are adored by you. Whether it’s chocolate chip pancakes, crushed ice from Sonic, staying up past bedtime, or maybe watching a Disney movie – treat them special this Valentine’s Day, and let them know it’s because you love them!
Say it with your full attention.
Put the chores and other distractions aside, and tell your kids your attention is all theirs for the day, or however long you can afford, this Valentine’s Day. Being present, joyful, and ready to hug is a great way to show and tell your kids how much you love them. Use this time to connect with your child while sprinkling in “I love you” throughout your time together.
The world needs more love, and it can start with you and your baby no matter what their age, stage, or diagnosis. We wish you and your family tons of love and happiness this Valentine’s Day and beyond. Have fun showing and telling your kids just how much you love them.