All you need is love! But on Valentine’s Day, if you want to keep the kids occupied, you’ll need a few other bits and bobs too.
Here are some ways to fill their hearts with joy (and fill the gap between school pick up and bedtime).
Blow It Up
Kick the day off by blowing up some red and pink balloons to surprise the kids at breakfast time. They’ll be bouncing for joy and probably bouncing them off each other’s heads right up until it’s time for school. Why wait for their birthday, Valentine’s Day is as good a day as any to have some fun making everyone’s hair go static!
Although it’s a Monday, there’s no need for them to feel blue about going to school. Leave a little red love note in their lunch box, letting them know how much you love them. It’ll put a spring in their step for the rest of the day and will ensure they’re in a great mood and ready for a fun afternoon when you pick them up.
Homemade Is Best
When they get home it’s time to get down to the not-so-serious business of making cards for the family. Whether they choose to do finger painting, cutting and sticking or colouring, no doubt the end result will be something you’ll treasure once they’re all grown up.
Now it’s time to burn off some excess energy! Stick some Valentine’s themed songs on and have a (slow) dance around the kitchen. If you’re married, you could play the kids your first dance song or alternatively a song that reminds you of when you met your other half.
I’m not condoning bombing in the bath like we used to get warned against in swimming pools, but a pink Valentine’s Day-inspired bath bomb could be just the ticket for making bath time sugary sweet. I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea of jumping in myself once they’re finished!
If themed family pyjamas are your thing, you’ll probably want to go all out and pick out some love-ly Valentine PJs. Even if you can’t get everyone on board with the idea, I’m sure no one would turn their nose up at a new red pair and you’ll all look matchy-matchy for some photos.
Sealed With A Kiss
Make sure the Valentine's Day bedtime is sealed with a kiss for your kids and let them drift off to sleep with a book that has the feel-good factor. Some apt choices for February 14 would be 'Guess How Much I Love You' by Sam McBratney or 'I Love You To The Moon And Back' by Tim Warnes. I’m sure you’d love them even more if they go straight to sleep and let you have a nice glass of prosecco and a takeaway.