Since Valentine’s Day is a festival of love, it is a wonderful opportunity for dads to
reinforce messages of love and security. While not everyone will have time to make a big
production of Valentine’s Day, here are a few ideas that will make the day stand out for you
and your kids. At the very least, don’t forget the flowers for your wife. And if you
have a little girl in the house, you better make sure daddy has something special for her as well,
or you’ll be sleeping on the couch, in the dog house.
- During the previous night, fill the
children’s room with heart
shaped balloons. The local supermarket will have a variety including helium-filled ones, but even
inexpensive blow-up balloons will do the trick.
- Wake your kids to the sound of music,
preferably some soft, inspiring instrumental music. Click for a David
- Greet the children with a warm Valentine’s Day hug and a kiss.
- Serve heart-shaped
cookies and pancakes for breakfast, or decorate their cereal with a fruit in the shape of a heart.
- Hide a Valentine’s Day special message for each of the children anywhere in the dining room
and give a prize to the child who finds his/her message first and then to the child who reads out
his/her message best. To take the lesson of love and caring further, you could give a special Valentine’s
prize to the
child who spontaneously helps a sibling find his/her message.
- If the children are at school
during the day, put a valentine in their lunchbox.
- If the children are going to be with you the entire day, take
them to a nearby home for the aged or an orphanage and have them give away tiny tokens
of friendship and
- Cook a big Valentine’s Day dinner together with the kids or at least prepare one
special dish to make the evening memorable.
- End the day with a celebration, which could be
a party with the local kids, a family movie, or a dinner with their grandparents.