Contributing Writer: Carla Ackermann from Breathing Deep Where the Air is Thin
You are here: Home » Valentines Family Fun: Love Notes
Until recently, I always looked at Valentine’s Day as an odd combination of a) a mushy holiday for dating couples; b) a chocolate and greeting card manufacturers’ conspiracy and; c) another opportunity for me to go overly crazy trying to get my kids to make my clever, crafty Valentine’s to give to their classmates. It has never been my favorite time of year. This year, however, I realized that Valentine’s Day can be a family celebration. Our family can certainly use more encouragement to show our love for each other (as I hear the distant sound of two siblings arguing….). So, I’m making an opportunity.
The idea is simple. For the first two weeks in February, have pens and paper available to write “I love you because…” notes to each other. Provide jars or some other labeled container for each person in the family to hold the messages. Take the first few days of the month to have everyone write some notes during dinner. Remind your family that they can write a note any time of day. Hopefully they will catch on and take time throughout the weeks to write down why they love each other. On Valentine’s Day, take some time to sit down together and have everyone read the messages that they received from each other. You might just be surprised at what your children appreciate about you or their siblings!
Follow along to catch all of the great Valentine’s Day post via your favorite social network :Twitter,Pinterest or Facebook and our readers preferred way via email.
For my message containers, I used the much-loved mason jars.
Paint or decoupage plain wood heart shapes (available for a few cents at craft stores) and label each with the name of a family member. Hot glue ribbon to the back of the hearts and the underside of the jar lids.
Put the lid on, allowing the heart to dangle in the center of the jar. Decorate your jar and lid in any other way you desire. Use ribbon, fabric, buttons, pom poms, yarn or whatever you have around.
Then leave the jars, along with some paper and pens, out for your family to use. And finally, start writing some notes of your own to fill the jars!
More articles you will enjoy:
My Dating (my husband) Journey: Shattered expectations and how to make it work
Author:Inspired By Family MagMari Hernandez-Tuten wears many hats throughout her day: mom, wife, friend, counselor, missionary, and founding editor of the Ezine, Inspired by Family. Our Ezine is a place full of creativity, laughter, celebrations, encouragement and good eating that we hope spills over into your home. So have a seat, grab a cup of Cafe con Leche, and let's get inspired!
Leave a Reply Cancel reply
Hi, I’m Mari the creator of this website! I am so glad you stopped by!
© Inspired by Famila, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the owner of Inspired by Familia is strictly prohibited. One picture with a link back may be used provided that full and clear credit is given to Inspired by Familia and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Copying a post partially, or fully, is strictly prohibited.
Follow & receive our updates via RSS Feed
If you’d like Inspired by Family to come to your inbox simply click here!
- Favoritisim in Blogging March 29, 2012
- 21 Days of Gratitude – A Challenge for the Whole Family October 30, 2012
- Bunny Shaped Pretzels March 26, 2012
- The Truth about Teacher Gifts December 5, 2012
- Light Balsamic Roasted Veggies January 2, 2012
- Be.You.Tiful. Mom Series: Nursing is Not Natural April 30, 2012
- Rolled Paper Flowers March 19, 2012
- Do you kiss your kids on the lips? May 16, 2012
- DIY Decorative Storage Bins January 1, 2012
- Frilly Frou Frou Ruffled Tablecloth January 20, 2012
- Camping with Kids: Packing Check List and Tips October 19, 2012
- Mommy Moments Photo Challenge Has Begun April 15, 2012
- Beach Scavenger Hunt May 19, 2013
- 10 Best Beach Activities for the Family May 18, 2013
- Traveling Adventures with the Familia: South America May 17, 2013
- Creative Discipline: Calm Down Jar May 13, 2013
- This Mama is Going Manual: Shooting in Manual the Easy Way May 9, 2013
- Mother’s Day Interview Activity: What I Think of Mommy May 5, 2013
- Household Tips on Pinterest Tested: Spoon to Prevent Boiling Over May 5, 2013
- Photography Tips: This Mama is Going Manual May 4, 2013
- DIY Home Decor: Chalkboard from a Cabinet Door May 2, 2013
- Motherhood: Celebrating the Difference May 1, 2013
- Skateboard Big Boy Bedroom: Sneak Peek April 26, 2013
- The Sex Talk: The Conversation We Are Afraid to Have April 25, 2013