When Valentine’s Day comes to mind many people think of it as a holiday for exclusively for couples. Much of the emphasis goes into planning the perfect night out or for the perfect gift to give their significant other.
Having a date night or something special planned for your other half is absolutely wonderful but what if you’re not just a couple? What if you’re a couple plus a kid or two?
Wouldn’t it be great to have something planned for Valentine’s Day to make the kids feel extra special too?
My husband and I have only been parents for just under 2 years now so we wanted to come up with some family Valentine's Day ideas and start some traditions for this year!
Below are some family Valentine's Day ideas that you can use for inspiration! 🙂
5 Family Traditions for a Memorable Valentine’s Day
1. Make homemade Valentines for each other
Get out some card stock, construction paper, glitter, paint or any other craft material you think would be appropriate for making homemade Valentine’s Day cards. Let the kids use their imagination in making the cards and let their creativity shine. Each person should try to make a card for each person in the family.
The cards can be simple or as creative as you like! Homemade cards can be absolutely beautiful and it really doesn’t matter if you’re the most creative person or not! Parents make cards for each other too! Consider keeping the homemade cards in a safe place like a binder with sheet protectors so you can look back at them years later.
2. Put a special note in your kid's lunch – or even in your husband's lunch or pocket!
On Valentine’s Day hide a little love note somewhere where your kids/husband will find it as they go about their day. This can be as simple as saying “Hope you have a great day! Love you!” or even “I love you because…”.
I remember when I was a little girl every now and then (not just Valentine’s Day) my mother would slip a cute note or joke into my lunch box for me to find when I was at school – I always looked forward to finding them!
3. Make a special Valentines dinner together
If the kids are old enough it might be a good idea to let them help cook dinner. Everyone can have their own special part in making the meal. For example my little guy isn’t quite old enough to do much at all in the kitchen yet, but he sure loves to gather the potatoes from the bag and bring them to me one by one as I prepare them to go with supper! I’m not saying to make your child cook a five course meal – just make them feel included in some way. 🙂
4. Make homemade chocolates!
Most people really enjoy having chocolates for Valentine’s Day – or really any day! A great tradition for Valentine’s Day would be to make your own chocolates as a family and then devour them!
If you’ve never made homemade chocolates it’s a lot easier than you think. You don’t have to have any special molds to make something nice – you could even use an ice cube tray. There are loads of tutorials online on chocolate making so if you do a search I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration. I found a great little tutorial on Wikihow about chocolate making.
5. Family Date night
If you don’t mind spending a little cash consider having a family date night. You could go out to a restaurant together as a family and it would be nice if everyone dresses up like they’re on a “real” date. You could even do this at home if you’d rather not go to a restaurant. After dinner you could watch movies or play board games as part of family date night. What’s important here is that you enjoy your time together and make memories as a family. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed these ideas and that they give you some inspiration for your family Valentine’s Day!
Do you have a Valentine’s Day tradition for your family?
If you have a family Valentine's Day tradition I'd love to hear about it so please leave a comment in the comment section below! I always enjoy hearing from you! 🙂