Seems like we just got through the holidays then here creeps up Valentine’s Day! This is the time to express how much we love our loved ones. This year we are starting a new tradition. We are planning to take this holiday and make it a teachable moment. I’m letting you in to see what we are planning for our dinner date party of 5 right in our own dining room.
There is no more important aspect to raising respectable young men than modeling the behavior you hope that they embrace when they become men. Be their role model! Be Present! Your children will learn more from watching and demonstrating how to treat + respect their elders and woman them than they will from everything you tell them. This more so probably for boys. I feel like at times I tell them until I’m blue in the face and they don’t listen. I used to get asked not to call my colleagues “sir” or “ma’am”. That it makes them feel old. I say sir to my own children. Why you ask?? So it becomes a habit for them to always reply in the same manner when spoken to!
Also, we would like to include our boys so we are communicating to them we love them and they are important to us. Enough to skip a date night and hang out with them. This alone means more to them than buying candy or sending balloons to school. Don’t get me wrong, they want this too!! They are still kids.
At each place setting they will have a small gift with a card for Mom + Dad. I found these heart shaped cards at Target. They will be able to color them during dinner if the so choose. I will have colored pens on the table. This will keep them preoccupied and want to hang out with old mom + dad. They are getting older and these sweet moments will become fewer and fewer, so soak it up while you can. Each place setting has a sparkling raspberry soda with a personalized not from mom on the straws also from Target. Anything you can personalized will make them feel even more important and special. The table will have mini brownie bites, fresh strawberries, and candies.
Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day. Let me know what your Valentine traditions are with your kids! I’d love to see your comments and thoughts.