Seasonal & Holiday

Teaching Your Kids About Self-Love on a Budget

Women’s Day is fast upon us.  While stressing about significant others and women party nights is high on the list of priorities, so are Girl boxes, Frozen cards, and plenty of candy to accommodate every kid in your child’s class.  Amid the frenzy of this crafty, cutesy holiday, it can be really fun to focus on one thing with your children: self-love.

 

The beautiful thing about self-love is that it doesn’t have to cost a cent.  Love can be time spent with someone else. It can be moral support through a hard time.  It can be a card professing all the things we appreciate about the special people in our lives.  Women’s Day can be a great time to impart these important lessons on our children, and we can do it in so many fun, meaningful ways.

 

Heart Attacks

 

Is there someone in your life that you know might need a pick-me-up on March 8th?  Or even just someone your family wants to show appreciation for?  Shower them with a heart attack!

 

There are two ways to go about this, but they both start with the same supplies:  lots of paper in hues of red, pink, and purple, along with scissors and enough hands to cut a barrage of hearts.  After you’ve prepared your heart-shaped profession of love, you can either (quietly) decorate the recipients front door and porch with your hearts, ding-dong ditching and watching their reaction from afar, or you can stuff them all in a box to mail to them special delivery.  Either way, it’s a fun gift to receive, and shows the recipient just how much they are appreciated.

 

Write a Love Letter

 

Putting our feelings for someone into words can be a powerful exercise, both for the writer and the recipient.  Have the kids write a letter to someone they love, explaining all the reasons they make them feel warm and fuzzy.  No romance required; just a pen, paper, and sincerity.

 

Face Time Your Valentines

 

Have a family member or family friend that lives far away?  One of the beautiful things about technology is that we can still see each other face to face, at least when we make the time to do it.  Set aside some time this weekend to make a family call to someone you don’t get to see often.  You could have your children read their aforementioned love letters aloud to them, or even have them draw a picture of their feelings to display via camera.

 

Be Kind

 

Make a family pact to go out of your way to do something kind this week.  It could be for a friend, a family member, a teacher, or even something as simple as holding a door open for a stranger while you’re out.  Sometime this weekend, round up the troops to discuss their experiences.  How did they show kindness this week?  How did it make them feel?  Is it something they’d like to do again?  If so,  you won’t have to wait until March 2016 to repeat.  It’s a tradition that can be fun for the whole family year round, while making the world a better place, one small act of kindness at a time.