Celebrating Valentine’s Day as a Family

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February 14th is a great chance to celebrate love and the love of family. Here are some easy, and low budget ways to spend Valentine’s Day with your kids.

LOVE Breakfast. Make heart shaped pancakes, serve everything pink and red. Add pink food coloring to the butter you top your pancakes with. Serve bagels with strawberry (pink) cream cheese, and don’t forget strawberry flavored milk to wash it all down.

Crank up the tunes. Listen to music with the word love in it all day. The Beatles’ “Love me do,” “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole and “Talking ‘Bout My Love” by James Hunter to name a few.

Be crafty. Why not have your kids make Valentines Day poems for each other, or cards where they list three things they love about each other? This is a great exercise because it really boosts self-esteem. And who doesn’t like hearing nice things about themselves?

Donate your time. Find a local food pantry, dog shelter or nursing home and volunteer your time. Be sure to bring Valentine’s day cards to brighten someones day.

LOVE Dinner. Order in a heart shaped pizza. Your kids will love this. Lou Malnati’s cooks up a delicious heart shaped pie. They also offer heart shaped cookies and cheese cake, yum! The pizza is only offered fresh once a year, yep you guessed it Valentines Day. But you can order it online frozen anytime.

Start a tradition. Grab a blanket, pop some popcorn and turn on a romantic comedy. My personal favorite movie to watch with my daughters is Disney’s Enchanted.

Valentine’s Day is a special time to teach kids important lessons about loving and serving others while at the same time creating meaningful family traditions. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Christine Bachman

About Christine Bachman

Christine Bachman is founder and president of Plan It PR, a public relations and marketing firm. The mother of five shares tips and survival stories in “Play Dates and Power Lunches.” Ms. Bachman started working public relations after a long career in broadcast journalism, which included work as a television anchor, reporter and producer.