Valentine's Day can teach kids beautiful messages about taking time to appreciate those we love. This is a day that can make them feel cherished. Kids can learn how good it feels to make someone else feel great -- we can reinforce the friendships and loves they have.
Or, Valentine's Day can be about social pressure and trying on mature relationships before kids are ready. Children are easily caught up in the competition of sending and receiving valentines, as well as being occasionally overwhelmed by the romantic words and ideas that are bandied about on this holiday.
Now I'm not bashing VD (sorry, bad medical joke). Flowers, gifts, a night for romance, etc etc ... fine for us grown-ups.
The point I'm trying to make here is that Valentine's Day is like swimmies for kids to use as they learn to float in the big pool of love and relationships. And, I think they might be drowning. Can you see a link between:
The best thing about being the parent is that we can use the power of VD for good!
So, you may be asking yourself, what the heck can we do to help our kids express love and affection?
Many parents worry that kids are growing up too fast. Let's celebrate Valentine's Day in an intentional way, and leave the romance-practice for the teen years. What do you say?
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