Why You Should Teach Your Kids To Love Valentine's Day

Look past the commercialization of the holiday and see it for what it is: a chance to show you’re family you love them

Valentine's Day: the classic Hallmark holiday that gets more flack than most other holidays combined. "Do we really need a day to give out chocolate?" "I don't need a day to show you I love you, I show you every day." And that is 100% fair. But this year, we think you should take the time on February 14th to show your loved ones just how loved they are.

This doesn't mean it has to be about candy, flowers, expensive gifts or fancy dinners: we all know that those things don't really show how much you love someone. Instead, this year we think you should choose to make Valentine's Day about love, kindness and friendships And that means celebrating Cupid's day in any way that you and your family feel is meaningful. So, why should you observe Valentine's Day and aim to teach your kid to love it? We’ve rounded up five great reasons to celebrate the day of love with your entire family!

Because there's more than one way to celebrate love

When you show your kid there's more than just standard-fare ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, they'll be more open minded about it and maybe even more open minded about what expressions of love look like in general. Make a point to do DIY or handmade gifts this V-day, or even just think outside the (heart-shaped) box. Aim to make your kid laugh and gift them a hilariously charming bouquet of dinosaurs or Stormtroopers. If there's ever a great excuse to pull out your glue gun and get DIY-ing it’s definitely a holiday like Valentine’s Day.

It's a chance to spread some positivity

Go out of your way to spread some cheer to those around you and outside of your network. Take a page from this inspiring lady who passed out 2,000 Valentines to strangers in New York. While writing and handing out 2,00 Valentines might seems a bit overwhelming, a simple act to brighten up someone's day on Valentine's Day is a reminder of how a small gesture can make a huge difference.

It's a chance to reconnect offline

Making a point to reconnect without a screen present is a good point to make on Valentine's Day. Social media can breed some not-so-loving behaviours. Stranger danger is a real and ever present danger in this day and age—nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online and 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once. When social networks turn ugly it's awful, and can be devastating for kids. Reconnecting with loving, supportive community, family or otherwise, is the best remedy and protection. So make a point of having some screen-free time at dinner or brunch and make it just about family time instead.

Because "the greats" would have wanted you to

The poets of the Victorian era, those starry-eyed opera composers and passionate painters of old would have totally been on board with a holiday for love. They would have used it as an excuse to revel in beauty and art, non? Do the same! Introduce your kid to some of the classics. Soon enough, they'll be getting a crash course in dating from sit coms and Youtube—why not give them a glimpse into how Elizabeth Barret Browning talked about it? You might plant a seed of inspiration that will turn your kid into a life-long appreciator.

Because great meals are awesome

An awesome dinner, wine and chocolate? What's not to dig about that? V-Day dinner can be a happy ritual whether you're celebrating as a family, as a couple or as a group of friends.

How will you be celebrating Feb. 14th? Are you into it? Don't really care? If you're in the latter camp, we recommend faking it by tossing on one of these family-friendly Valentine's Day movies and sitting back with a glass of Malbec. But if you fancy a bit of a celebration, let us know what you plan on getting up to in the comments!

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