If you’re the type of parent who avoids crafting articles around Valentine’s Day, I can sympathize. Inside my house, you won’t find heart wreaths and love banners. We have one string of heart lights, and we keep them out all year. With my birthday in February (you can check out my Instagram for our celebration), my family focuses on making that one day special for me. By the time Valentine’s Day happens a week later, it’s easy to forget about, but there are several reasons to remember it.
3 Reasons You Should Teach Your Children About Valentine’s Day
Getting in the spirit of Valentine’s Day doesn’t take too much effort. You can easily turn a small plastic Christmas tree into a Valentine’s Day tree with a few heart ornaments. Whether you are busy or simply not that into the holiday, today I am sharing three reasons you should teach your children about Valentine’s Day.
1. Make it a reminder to celebrate love all year
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love. You can celebrate by showing that you love all people. Teach many ways that you can show kindness. Even something as small as a smile makes a big difference in other’s lives. Other ideas include giving gifts for no reason, keeping good friendships, and congratulating others. Write down 52 different ideas of how to show love and kindness. Put all of your ideas in a jar. Pull one out each week for the rest of the year to celebrate all year.
Another idea is to take on a charity project for Valentine’s Day. Giving your time and money to others can make a big difference. Whether you start a coat drive or collect food for a food pantry, you can use this as a special reminder to show love for your community.
2. Spend more time together
Making Valentine’s Day crafts is a good opportunity to spend time with your children. You can check out my list of 5 DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts Children Will Love. From homemade play dough to lacing hearts, these simple crafts will entertain your children.
Making Valentine’s Day cards together is another nice way to spend time together. Buy heart doilies and some decorations, and watch your children have fun! I shared on Instagram how much my daughter enjoyed making her cards this year. Writing people’s names was also a great way to practice handwriting. She can’t wait until next year when she can practice writing cursive on the cards.
3. Inspired by St. Valentine of Rome, the holiday is a lesson in history
Did you know that St. Valentine was a Roman bishop? During the third century, the emperor Claudius II prohibited all soldiers from marrying to build a stronger army. St. Valentine believed that the sacrament of marriage was too valuable. Without marriage, many women would be vulnerable, and people in love would face too much temptation. He began marrying couples in secret. Ultimately, he became a martyr for his beliefs.
You can find some interesting videos online to help teach about the historical background. Fiveminded has a fun animated explanation that children can enjoy. You can check it out here.
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your house? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments.