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Tell your child what makes them special. Put heart-shaped notes on the kitchen table, ceiling or bathroom mirror listing a few of the reasons you’re glad that they’re your kid.
Treat them to heart-healthy snacks. Instead of loading your child up on sugary sweets, arrange cut fruit in a smiley face or in the shape of a heart.
Put a note in your child’s lunch. It can be something as simple as a few words of encouragement or as fun as a joke. (“Knock, knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? I love you.”)
Say it with balloons. Blow up red and white balloons and cover the bedroom floor with them while your child is sleeping. They’ll wake up to a sea of love. Balloons in the bathtub work well for younger kids, too.
Go on a scavenger hunt. Hide clues around the house, then have your kids work together to hunt for a fun Valentine’s Day surprise. For very small children, use picture clues.
Perform an act of kindness as a family. Have your kids help you think of someone who could use some extra loving. Write that person a note, take them flowers or pay them a visit.