Making Valentine’s Day a Full Family Affair

Few holidays outside of Christmas exert pressure to spend like Valentine’s Day: the racks of cards, the flowers, the chocolates, the romantic dinners out.

This time why not make it personal? For single dads, who may have custody of their children, or whose custody day falls on Valentine’s Day,  you might create a “Daddy Date.” But it doesn’t have to be just about daughters. We often think of Valentine’s Day as something special for fathers and daughters, what about boys?

“Too many dads fail to affirm their sons because it’s seems too uncomfortable. They might rarely show physical affection or speak words of blessing. Well maybe Valentine’s Day can be a good excuse to start some new habits,” writes Fathers.com.

 

Here’s why: “The benefits are profound. There’s the simple but powerful force of positive words to give him confidence and belonging. There’s the example you’re setting of what it means to be a man who can express love in healthy ways. And, there are important identity issues that are influenced by a loving father,” says Fathers.com.

Dad Pro Tip

Helping young boys show appreciation for their moms is another important lesson. Why not help make a homemade Valentine’s Day gift for mom?

  • Make a Valentine’s Day card for your children and have children make a special Valentine for their mom. There are plenty of how-to tips on the Internet.
  • Have fun in the kitchen making heart-shaped cookies. Again, Internet to the rescue.
  • Gather round the TV and watch a cartoon that celebrates love. One more time, Internet: what are the most romantic animated movies with happy endings?