Although typically Valentine’s Day is celebrated between those in a romantic relationship, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate this lovely holiday with the whole family! One of the best ways to spend this holiday is to consider how your loved ones feel most loved, and create time for an activity focused around that! Check out some fun examples below!
- Does your child love arts and crafts? Do they feel most loved by spending quality time with you? Grab some construction paper, scissors, and crayons/markers and spend some time together making Valentine’s Day cards for friends and family members!
- Does your child or partner light up when you speak encouraging words and affirmations to them? Spend some time during a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner, going around the table giving compliments and encouragement to one another! A great way we do this at Camp Sonshine is called a DLP (Describe, Label, & Praise), where you describe something significant you saw your loved one do (like pick up after their sibling or speak kindly to a friend), label what you believe this says about them, and spend time adequately praising them!
- Does your family member feel most appreciated when you serve them and take a routine task off of their plate? Surprise them by completing a chore before they can get to it as a special Valentine’s Day treat, by cooking a yummy Valentine’s Day dinner if they are usually responsible for cooking meals, or by cleaning up the dishes if that is usually their role after dinner!
These are just a few simple and totally executable ways you can spend time celebrating the loves in your life this Valentine’s Day!