Making Valentine’s Day Special for Little Ones Away at School

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be all lovey-dovey mushy stuff. Make it a time to celebrate your love for your kiddos. ContributorJessie Leigh offers some great ideas on how to make the day special for the little ones.

While, traditionally, Valentine’s Day is a “couple day,” in many homes, it’s become a family affair. Candles, wine, and roses have their place, but I think this holiday is a lovely time to show our children just how much we love them too!

This year, like so many, Valentine’s Day will be falling on a weekday. Just because your children are off away at school for the day doesn’t mean you can’t still add some smiles and special moments to the day!

Say it with food.

Before kissing them goodbye for the day, why not start the day with a festive breakfast? A few simple but fun ideas:

  • Cinnamon Pancakes with butter and red sugars
  • Oatmeal with a heart-shaped drizzle of maple syrup
  • Heart-shaped toast with raspberry preserves and a dusting of powdered sugar
  • Raspberry Muffins with fresh whipped cream
  • Or keep it super simple with that Kashi heart-shaped cereal!

Let them know you’re thinking about them throughout the day.

Even if there are no “special events” at the school for you to attend, you can always send some love along! Why not tuck a few of the following in their lunch boxes?

  • Tuna sandwiches cut in heart-shapes with a cookie cutter
  • English muffins with heart shaped cheese on top
  • A pink, red, or heart-printed napkin (when it comes to paper party products, you get the most bang for your buck with napkins!)
  • English muffin pizzas topped with “shrimp hearts” (two shrimp turned tails together to form a heart)
  • A simple little love note sharing why he or she is so special and loved

Plan a special homecoming.

  • Draw a custom giant “valentine” with sidewalk chalk at the bus stop.
  • Winter weather put a crimp in that plan? No worries! Draw a large heart in the snow or use colored water to write a loving message.
  • Be ready with a fun craft to do together upon their homecoming.
  • Have a fun, Valentine-y snack: sliced strawberries and whipped cream, graham crackers slathered in pink icing, or a sweet little dish of conversation hearts all celebrate the season.
  • Serve up some “Cupid Quesadillas” (cheese quesadillas made with two tortillas, an arrow and heart cut out of the top tortilla) after sports/activities.

How do you make your kids’ holidays special when they’re away from you at school all day?

— A mother of three, including a 24 week preemie, JessieLeigh is a determined advocate for even the tiniest of babies. She can be found celebrating life’s (sometimes unexpected) miracles and blessings at Parenting Miracles.

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I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Lovely ideas. Last year I made pillows for our three children as well as my husband, in fabrics especially picked for each of them personally. On the pillows I sewed little pockets and in those pockets I hid a letter, in which I told them how much I love them. Now and forever. The pillows found their way on each of their beds and they still like to cuddle with them. Succes 🙂

  2. Great ideas. We don’t have pavement, or a bus stop, or snow…but I think I’m going to come home at lunch and chalk our porch stairs before I go pick them up that afternoon! They’ll love that. And then maybe they can chalk the front porch stairs for their Daddy before he gets home.

  3. Love all these suggestions!

    Always try to make certain they have something they really enjoy in their lunch or a note. I also like to send them off with a good breakfast.

  4. Charity L. says

    I think these are great tips! Thank you so much for sharing. I love the hearts in the oatmeal and I just bought paper heart napkins!

  5. Great ideas! My daughter is still young enough that she doesn’t really “get” valentine’s day. I’m probably going to download some free tot kits and just let her have free reign. I love heart shaped food too – tastes way better ;).

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