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14 Ways to Tell Your Kids You Love Them on Valentine’s Day

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It’s 3 simple little words — I love you — yet actions speak louder than words, right? This Valentine’s Day, instead of actually speaking the words, you can show your kids how much you love them.

It’s the little things that count.

Here are some creative ideas to get you started.

  1. Start out their day with heart-shaped red velvet pancakes for breakfast. Add whip cream to top it off with a special treat.
  2. Pack their lunch (if it falls on a school day). Add a special love note that simply says, “I love you” or “I hope you have a great day!”
  3. Put a surprise in their lunch, such as a sweet treat, that they can share with a few of their friends at school.
  4. Decorate their lunch bags with paper heart doilies, Valentine’s Day stickers, or both. Go on a dinner date with your child. You can treat them to dinner at their favorite restaurant or try out a new spot.
  5. Write a sweet, silly or heartfelt poem to your child about love, Valentine’s Day, how your child is special to you + how much you love them + why you love them.
  6. Pull out a picture of your child with you when they were a baby to show to them.
  7. Take your daughter(s) with you to the nail salon or spa for a mani-pedi. Ooooolala!
  8. Plan a Valentine’s Day theme scavenger hunt. Britni over at Play. Party. Plan. offers a free printable + instructions on how to set up this Valentine’s Day themed scavenger hunt.
  9. Let your child create the dinner menu with you + help you prepare the meal. You can stick to age-appropriate help such as stirring, mixing + adding ingredients.
  10. Go on a dinner date with your child. You can treat them to dinner at their favorite restaurant or try out a new spot.
  11. Make a heart shaped pizza + decorate with toppings that are shaped like hearts, Xs + Os.
  12. Host an ice cream sundae bar, where your child can make their own ice cream sundae, complete with Valentine’s candy like red hot, M&Ms, Hershey kisses + more!the toppings.
  13. Read your child her favorite bedtime story.
  14. Serve your child heart shaped cookies + a glass of milk in bed. (Then have them brush their teeth!)

Saying I love you doesn’t have to be a fancy or expensive gesture. Use one, two or all of these ways to show your kids how much you love them on Valentine’s Day (+ every day, really). 

XOXO, Kristie
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