Valentine’s Tips for a Happy Family

February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day from Bright Steps! We traditionally think of Valentine’s Day as a time to show appreciation for our significant others and spouses. But when love is in the air on February 14th, why not share some of it with our children?  Rather than flowers, chocolates and gifts, there are some simple ways to show your children you love them – while improving their physical and mental well-being.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers 14 Ways to Show Love for Your Child today (and every day!), and here are some of our favorites.

Be a Model of Good Behavior

Always try to remember to use positive language when talking to your children.  They generally don’t understand sarcasm and innuendo the way that adults do.  Also try to practice your please & thank you’s — if you show good manners, it increases the chances of them rubbing off on your children!

Listen, Listen, Listen

Busy is the name of the game for most families day in and day out.  It’s important that you acknowledge your child’s needs, even if you are busy or distracted.  Try to spend at least 30 minutes each day of dedicated time with your child.

Nurture Your Child’s Inner Creative Genius

Encourage time away from technology.  Limit screen time (including cell phones and computers) as much as possible.  Read with your child — even through teenage years! Find books that interest them, and let them try a wide variety of hobbies and activities.  You may have a budding Beethoven or a promising Picasso on your hands!

Get (and keep) Your Children Active

It’s hard during the winter months, but resist the temptation to be inactive or sedentary.  Take a family walk or play outside in the snow.  Or play indoor games — when was the last time you played Twister or charades?

And finally, hug your children and tell them you love them every day!

No explanation needed.

Bonus V-Day Tip

February is also American Heart Month — try a heart-shaped low-fat grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread with tomato soup for a healthy Valentine’s Day lunch!

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