- Make Valentine’s Day a Family Affair: Use the Valentine’s Day holiday to discuss with your kids the nature of romantic love, and your feelings for their mother. Open up to them, and share your feelings deeply, so they can see you as a complete person, not just a dad. This may seem sappy, but your relationship with your wife is the most important role model for romantic love and partnership for them as they grow up.
- Planning a Valentine’s Day Gift for Mom Can Be Educational: Engage the kids in brainstorming a long list of gifts you might buy or create for mom NOT as a mother, but as a gorgeous woman who loves romance. Estimate the prices and/or the time it will take to make the items. Model the skills of brainstorming, planning, deliberating, sticking to a budget, being creative, and analyzing the impact of a gift. (Suggested by Susan Singh, St. Paul Minnesota).
- Use Valentine Gifts as a Way to Find Out About Your Kid’s Life in School: If the kids are old enough discuss with them what they are thinking about doing for Valentine’s Day, if anything, for their friends/sweethearts at school. This will be a good opportunity to get them to open up about issues or problems they might have (“a teachable moment”).