I thought this year it would be fun to create a list of family activities that are fun for all ages.
If you have teenagers, I think it is a lot of pressure to have a valentine. Working in the schools have taught me today is super important. Remember teenagers are naturally egoistical, they can’t help it, their brains are just wired that way. So, I want to encourage parents to shift the focus off of them by serving others. You can create small gift bags or baskets and donate to an organization of their choice. Not only will your teens feel better, but you are helping others who may be feeling down about this day as well.
Another counselor and I were talking about the disconnect between teenagers and their parents. I think one activity that always manages to bring people together is cooking. I think it would be fun to do a Valentine’s day cooking challenge. You are only able to use a set of ingredients and it could be parents versus teenagers to see who comes up with the best dish. I say time and time again, the best builders for our children success and emotional wealth is creating or establishing traditions and healthy memories that will last a lifetime.
If you have middle aged kids, creating a Valentine’s day gingerbread house really might be up their alley. If you have younger children, you might want to consider a sugar cookie decorating contest. These are both two simple yet easy task to take on for a memorable Valentine’s Day 2020. I didn’t get a chance to do a gingerbread house for Christmas, so I want to create one this weekend with my daughter (she’s 14 but she’s always down for a good time regardless).
Finally, this last idea can work for any age, I know everyone’s love language might not be words of affirmation, but I think it is such a sweet reminder to show are children just how much they mean to us. Tomorrow put one each of your kiddo’s doors and even your spouse, love notes telling them all the great things you love about them. I think it is a great way to wake up to in the morning or even after they end their school day.
No matter how you spend tomorrow, I pray that it is a day full of love, light and contentment.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my wonderful readers.
Your Sista on the Sofa,