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14 Ways Kids Feel the Valentine's Joy

Updated: Feb 21

While couples bask in romance this February 14th, let’s make sure the kiddos in our lives feel equally cherished! As parents, showing our children affection should be the priority every day. But Valentine's offers a special chance to shower your family with extra love and attention!


From writing sweet short notes to letting them pick fun activities, there are so many ways to kindle that precious parent-child bond around VDay. Simple gestures like choosing heart decorations together or baking festive treats create lasting memories powered by love.


Ultimately though, the most impactful gifts focus on quality time - ask about their interests, play favourite games, get silly with selfies! Laughter truly lies at the heart of human connection.





Here are 14 ways of showing love to your little ones every day:


1.    Nurturing Meaningful Bonds. Letting Our Kids Know They Are Heard

 

As the pace of daily life speeds up, purposefully pressing pause to really connect with our children has never been more critical - especially discussing their emotional worlds and inner well-being. The simplest yet most profound way to show love? Actually listening. When your child shares about their day, challenges or feelings, resist the urge to immediately problem solve. Allow them to freely articulate while you actively listen without judgement. Offer your caring presence as a safe space for them to open up.

With youth mental health issues tragically on the rise, trusted bonds enable early intervention. Note shifts in mood or behaviour to sensitively explore together. If warranted, speak to their paediatrician about seeking professional support or pop into Mumble’s Conscious Parenting Club with our very own Dr.Patricia Britto. Dr.Patricia is always there to answer questions and give guidance and support.



Dr Patricia is an Educational Child and Adolescent Psychologist and can be found at 10, Harley Street or at www.modeeps.com



2.    Scheduling Special Bonds: Carving Out Family Time

 

 Even amid busy schedules, purposefully preserving special occasions for quality bonding sets an invaluable foundation of security and belonging for children. Try instituting weekly traditions like festive family game nights, cosy movie marathons or lively cooking challenges. Winter offers the perfect excuse to hunker down inside, playing board games by firelight. Establish tech-free zones to tangibly prioritize presence. Additionally, create standing one-on-one dates with each child partaking in activities uniquely meaningful to them. Bake cookies with your budding chef, hit tennis balls with your aspiring athlete. This focused personal attention conveys deep care.


As Valentine’s Day reminds us, love manifests through quality time and full engagement. By intentionally blocking off family calendars and Individual activities with kids, parents tender precious gifts of togetherness. Why not take your little ones to Cloud Twelve this VDay for a day filled with special activities. Mumble members can book here.

 


3.    Bonding Over Books. The Gift of Shared Reading Journeys

 

From infancy into the teen years, few traditions fortify family ties quite like shared reading adventures. Snuggling up to dive into vivid new worlds sparks connection, joy and lifelong benefits ranging from academic success to nurturing communication habits.


Children psychologists encourages parents to begin reading aloud even with tiny infants, establishing this ritual right from the start. As vocabularies blossom in tandem with young minds, take turns selecting stories for one another. Feature beloved classics from your own childhood to pass on cherished nostalgia.


Allow imagination to unfold sans devices or distraction. Pause throughout to discuss reactions, predictions and concepts. Navigating narratives together builds critical analytical abilities alongside interpersonal bonds.

 


4.    Hugs Over Hurts. Diffusing Tensions Through Affection

 

When children become overwhelmed by difficult emotions like anger or sadness, meet these moments with compassion over criticism. Refrain from scolding or threats which could compound distress. Instead, make affection the first response. Physical touch soothes brains in turmoil, opening pathways to de-escalate and discuss constructively after tensions ease. Guide kids to assign language to emotions, articulating respectfully versus acting out. Role model self-soothing techniques like breathing, counting or breaks.


While all behaviour warrants accountability, lead first with empathy and emotional intelligence. Let affection be the anchor in stormy seas. Meet misbehaviour with compassion - then calibrate the course towards growth.

 




5.    Caring Through Preventative Action. Safeguarding Our Kids’ Wellbeing

 

As acts of devotion, vigilant parents shepherd children’s long-term wellness through proactive care early on - nurturing both physical and emotional health foundations vital for flourishing futures.


Schedule regular paediatric check-ups monitoring growth/developmental milestones plus catching issues early. Model balanced nutrition, sleep hygiene and active lifestyles daily.

This Valentine’s Day, let thorough prevention convey loving commitment to your child’s holistic health. Help them build key self-care habits now so they can blossom for years. After all, our kids’ enduring wellbeing is the heart’s deepest desire come true.

 


6.    Encouraging Good Behaviour with Patient Guidance

 

As all children navigate lessons in accountability, meet missteps first with empathy, then recalibrate towards growth versus punitive measures. Research confirms harsh punishments often exacerbate undesirable behaviours long-term. Instead, clearly establish simple, age-appropriate expectations, communicating directives positively versus just prohibitions.

When children inevitably test boundaries, summon composure with deep breaths before responding. Follow through on stated consequences calmly. Then remind young ones of their inherent goodness, keeping close affection.


Additionally, spotlight and praise positive behaviours frequently to reinforce! Perhaps utilise motivational star charts. Ultimately though, a warm hug and descriptive encouragement - “You worked so hard to clean up, I’m proud!” - conveys approval straight to the heart. Meet all moments with love.

 




7.    Speaking Love's Language. Uplifting Kids Through Affirmations

 

A child’s inner landscape blooms in the garden of language they're raised within. Are seeds of confidence sown through encouraging words watered with care? Or does a harsh climate hampered by criticism take root?


As primary nurturers cultivating young minds, parents play lead gardener. Ensure the smile on your face reaches your voice too. Employ phrases that empower individuality versus critique uniqueness.


Give thanks openly for their help, say “please” sincerely when asking for assistance. Resist mocking as harmless fun - children personalise tones more than words. Sarcasm sows’ self-doubt over humour, while put downs poison self-image. Speak to their highest potential and watch them blossom into it.

 

 

8.   Cultivating Eco-Love. Protecting Kids’ Futures Through Nature

 

This Valentine’s Day, gather little ones close among sprawling trees, wildflowers and whispering streams - nature’s tender nursery nurturing humanity’s vulnerable young since life’s beginnings.


Spend mindful days immersed in the healing wilderness around you. Allow dirt-stained fingers, curious wildlife encounters and starlit skies to imprint love’s bond within youthful hearts. Model caretaking our shared habitat through actions big and small.


Discuss openly their relationship with nature along with worries around intensifying climate shifts already altering the only home they’ve known. Listen compassionately, conveying gravity without fatalism. Highlight hope in humanity’s potential for problem-solving when united in love.

 



 

9.    Learning Through Imperfection. Modelling Self-Acceptance and Grace

 

When parental shortcomings surface through regrettable outbursts, upset or impatience, embrace the turbulent moment as opportunity. First, sincerely apologise while reiterating unconditional acceptance and love.


Explain humbly how you could have responded better, then delineate actionable steps for self-improvement next time, keeping those promises. Additionally, be sure to publicly forgive children’s missteps with regular reassurance that all is already well. Convey through words and embrace that they remain good at their core despite any behaviour otherwise.

In showing our kids that no one is perfect while providing roadmaps to reconcile hurts, parents cultivate resilience and self-compassion - ingredients crucial to flourishment.

 

 

10.    Bonding Over Family Meals. Joyful Tables, Nourished Hearts

 

Among parenting’s most delicious privileges: gathering families around the table to break bread and fill hearts in one joyous feast. This Valentine’s Day, carve out occasions for collective cooking and dining - rich rituals cultivating bonds of belonging.


Give children agency in menu planning, ingredient selection and preparation based on skill level. Luckily, we are happy to extend a helping hand here and send you over to Cheffie who now offer children’s cooking classes! Download the APP and get your little ones cooking (special discounts and perks for Mumble premium members)!  Nurture culinary confidence kneading dough, slicing fruits, stirring sauces and setting tables.


At last, set screens aside to fully immerse in dining, relishing handmade flavours alongside anecdotes, laughter and ideas exchanged through lingering courses. May the meal nourish bodies while togetherness feeds souls.

 




11. Cultivating Kindness - Helping Kids Forge Healthy Friendships

 

As children blossom socially, guide them gently towards friendships founded on mutual understanding and respect. Nurture natural empathy and teachability when conflicts inevitably arise.


Encourage team activities like sports to impart lessons in collaboration, communication and compromise critical for social fluency. Check in warmly about peers, fostering openness.

If exclusive actions surface within groups, uncover reasons behind behaviours before assigning judgment. Place defining emphasis on how we make others feel versus superiority.

This Valentine's Day, help kids thoughtfully craft cards or treats for classmates as an act of goodwill rather than obligation.


Through compassion and wisdom, parents play a profound role stewarding young hearts towards the rewards found in true friendship – one of life's greatest blessings.



12. Furry Friends & Unconditional Love. Looking after Pets Together

 

On Valentine’s Day, consider welcoming a new pet into the family fold - joining your lives together through the profound yet playful bond only animal friends can offer.

Beyond basic companionship, fur babies uniquely enhance kids’ wellbeing. Caring for another living being builds empathy and responsibility organically. Anxiety and depression ease in the presence of an ever loyal, non-judgmental confidant.

Let their steady heartbeats soothe restless nights. Have impromptu dance parties to boost moods mid-meltdown. Bring portable pooches along as emotional support on challenging days. Sharing secrets and snuggles with pets’ forges healing connections without words.

So, this season of affection, save space on the couch and in your heart for a new furry friend - they will love your child unconditionally in return, becoming their faithful Valentine for years to come.

 




13. Celebrating All Kinds of Love - Talking Openly About Relationships

 

Among the greatest gifts parents can offer blossoming teens is safe harbour for tricky conversations around attraction and sexuality devoid of judgment.


As young people navigate new dimensions of desire and identity during puberty's tidal wave of change, provide compassionate listening free from censorship when crushes or questions arise.


Discuss respect, consent, protection. But lead foremost with unconditional love and acceptance, especially for LGBTQ+ young ones forging self-concepts in society's margins.

Let home be a haven where fluidity is embraced, not an identity ever conditional on who one loves. For love dwells not in rulebooks but the heart's sheltering wisdom.


 

14. I Love You - Sharing Affection That Knows No Limits

 

While society may commercialise Valentine’s Day for couples, at its core resides love's universal language voicing the heart's simplest yet most profound truth - I love you.

Despite busy schedules, stressors and distractions swamping life, carve out daily spaces connecting one-on-one with children. Attune fully, offering the gift of your presence. Practice mindful listening. Prioritise bonding.


Additionally, let “I love you” permeate everyday conversations, enveloping kids in affection that knows no bounds. Speak words conveying pride in who they are over what they achieve. Embrace openly and often so warmth is felt bone-deep from toddlerhood through the teen years.





And most importantly this season, reinforce to your beloved sons and daughters that they are so cherished - not just mid-February, but the entire year through. Let your child’s smile light up the room even brighter this Valentine’s Day! And may the love pouring from your own heart this season set an empowering example of compassion that ripples through the years. Now go snuggle your little sweethearts and have some fun spreading the love!

 

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