For many people, family is one of the most important aspects of life. Whether or not you count yourself among those people – when your daily routine gets hectic, you may not make the time to show it. Fortunately, Valentine’s Day is a yearly reminder to stop and set aside time to tell those we love exactly how we feel. Here are four ways you can do just that.
- Tell them why you love them. Sometimes the words “I love you” become nothing more than that – just words. This Valentine’s Day, show you care by making a list of the things you love most about each family member and then putting the list in a card, at a table place setting, or on a Valentine’s Day decoration. The reasons can be serious or humorous, such as, “I love you because you make up your own lyrics when you can’t remember the words to a song.”
- Share hugs and kisses. Studies show that expressing warmth and affection can contribute to and support your child’s social and emotional development. Doing so can also remind a spouse how much he or she is loved and wanted.
- Show appreciation. If your child brings you a valentine that he or she made at school, show how much you appreciate it by putting the valentine on display. Put it proudly on the fridge or sit it upright on a kitchen counter. Likewise, if your spouse gives you a gift, don’t just toss it on a shelf and forget about it. Make an effort to use it, even if it’s not something you typically would use.
- Plan a surprise. Take your family to a restaurant for a special dinner or cook a special meal at home for Valentine’s Day. Whether you go out or stay in, change your normal routine. It can be as simple as having a family picnic, with special red-velvet cupcakes for dessert.
This Valentine’s Day, remember that it’s often the simple things that matter most and that your time will always be more valuable than your money.