As this is my first time celebrating Valentine's Day as a parent, and not a couple - my perspective on this famously frilly (in my opinion) holiday has shifted.

I personally felt that Valentine's Day was an overly exaggerated day to show those in your life how you felt about them...This seems silly to me. Why do we need a day?! I try to show those in my life how grateful I am for them all the time, date aside.

However, now that I have a son in tow, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to teach him about love. And although he's too young to get into the different types of love (and if you were curious, there are 8 different types), the point is that everyone likes feeling appreciated and ultimately thought of - what better day than Valentine's Day to make this a learning opportunity?

This year, as we enter Valentine's Day I've decided to change my attitude and create new traditions to show my son that love is valuable, and even if it is a bit on the fluffy side of things - February 14th has a place in our family.

So, setting chocolate, wine, flowers and romantic gestures aside - I'm refocusing my energy on familiar love or storge. Which leads to the question - how to celebrate Valentine's Day when it is usually associated with romantic love?

Here's what we're doing at my house this year -

  1. We're doing a family brunch - personally, mimosa's will never get old!

  2. We're making a balloon bonanza! - Balloons covering the floor, arched over my son's doorway, bopping across the ceilings - it's going to be extra and something that makes the whole day feel festive.

  3. We're going to make our cards on Valentine's Day, because who doesn't love a card in the mail (regardless of the date)?!

  4. We're going to FaceTime the closest to us - Tutu, Gigi, Coco, MorMor, Abuelita and Pee Paw โ†’ yes, they all chose these names - I had NOTHING to do with them ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

  5. We're going to exchange books. Reading is a serious pass-time for this family and this has been, and will continue to be, a way to express affection in our family.

New traditions or old traditions, regardless of what you do - the point is that we're celebrating love! Comment below on your Valentine's Day traditions.


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