February, the host month of Valentine’s Day, instantly makes me feel all lovey-dovey just by flipping over the page on the calendar. I start thinking of love notes, secret admirers, and who I could surprise with heart-shaped cupcakes. (zucchini cupcakes, of course.)
It would be really nice if we could live everyday like this, but life is busy.
So we probably don’t.
If we are totally honest here, many times it is the people we love the very most that get the least of our loving attention. At least somedays.
Busy schedules, endless errands, and tons of responsibilities pull us in too many directions to keep track of. Lots of times, the day ends with a little yelling, a scramble for bedtime, and an exhausted mom collapsing on the couch.
No doubt we always remember to whisper to each of our children, “I love you” before one last kiss and turning out the lights.
But February, the month of love, demands so much more!
I have brainstormed some simple but sweet ways to step up and LOVE UP those little buggers who call you Mom!
Make their favorite meal.
Let them choose a movie or show they really want to see and watch it…. with fervor.
Let your kiddo choose your outfit. (You might reserve this for the weekend unless the fashion game is strong in your little one.
Cuddle up and just talk.
Pick a recipe and cook together.
Stay in their room a little longer when you tuck them in at night.
Write them a note that tells them something you love about them. Leave it where you know they will find it.
Ask their opinion about something. Really listen to their response.
Celebrate a victory that usually goes less noticed. A completed reading log, making their bed, helping a sibling. Make it a BIG DEAL.
Help them with a project like cleaning up their room or picking up toys. Hug them afterwards and tell them that you love spending time together.
Dance party. (I recommend putting together a sweet playlist before hand.
Build a fort. Sleep in it.
Surprise them! Have ice cream for dinner, plan an after school excursion to the rock climbing park, or anything else you all find fun. Everyone likes a fun twist to the normal routine.
Try adding to your “I love you’s” by saying, “I love you because….”.
This is just the beginning! I bet you have ideas of your own, maybe even some you have tried in years past. Consider yourself invited to share your own ideas in a comment belong or even in our online moms group, The Real Moms Collaborative.
Thank you so much for reading and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!