I’m not generally a big Valentine’s Day fan. It’s too commercial and I’d much rather get flowers on a random day than anytime around a holiday. Sure, Robyn and I have some traditions for V-day, like buying a new specialty box of chocolate each year to enjoy together and going into Boston to get Burdick’s hot chocolate, but that is the extent of our V-day celebrations. However, when you have a child, you are always looking for a way to make them feel special (year round) and I found something that happens to fit in well with the month of February.
I’m not sure where I found this, probably Pinterest, but I remembered that I saw something where someone cut out hearts in different colors and wrote down compliments for their child and then put one on their door each day for the month of February, so when they woke up, there was a new message for them to read. Since February is “the month of love” and also Ashton’s birthday month, I thought this was a really cute idea to do with Ashton to let him know how much he is loved and appreciated by Robyn and I. It also tied in nicely with his preschool and their “kindness curriculum” the past two months.
So, I got to cutting out 29 hearts in pink, red and white and wrote things on them like “You are kind,” “You are smart,” “You have great ideas,” “We believe in you,” and “We love you.”
I have loved hanging his hearts on his bedroom door each night after he has gone to bed and hearing about them when I pick him up from school in the evening. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be woken up to a new surprise each day that let them know all the great things others feel about them? What a great way to start each morning, right?
In a day and age where things are so busy, so structured, everyone is so pressed for time, people don’t take the time to let those in their lives know how they feel, it’s important to me that Ashton always knows how much Robyn and I love and appreciate him, and that while we have very small family, he always has him Mama and Dad to be there to support him. This was just a small, fun way to do that and for us to celebrate the month of love at the same time!
Question of the day
Do you celebrate Valentine’s day? How do you let the ones you love know you care outside of “commercial” holidays?