There are many ways to show your children that you love them and I am sure that you do lots of things throughout the year. But as Valentine’s day gets closer, it’s fun to show them some extra love! That’s why I like doing “14 days of love” with them. I did this last year with both of my kids and they got so excited each morning to see what I had written.
Starting on the morning of February 1st, I would stick a heart cutout on their bedroom doors and on the heart was one reason why we loved them. Each day until Valentine’s day I would add another heart to their door. On Valentine’s day I added a larger heart cutout saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” and signed it, “love, mommy and daddy”.
This was such a quick and easy (and free!) way to show them not only how much we love them, but also some of the reasons why we love them so much. I think this especially meant a lot to our daughter who was six at the time. She was all giddy reading the hearts each morning; totally worth the few minutes everyday it took to write on the hearts!
I am going to be doing these “14 days of love” hearts again this year, but I am making it a little easier on myself this time around! And you will benefit from this change as well, yay! Last year I cut small hearts out of construction paper and wrote, “we love you because…” and then filled in our reason each day. With two kids I ended up tracing and cutting out 28 hearts and handwriting on each one of them everyday. This wasn’t a huge deal, but after 15 hearts or so I got kind of tired of tracing and cutting them all out! Enter a cute printable! I made a printable this year with the hearts already made and in various colors. And they are all pre-printed with the first part of the sentence, “You are loved because…”. Now all we need to do is cut ’em out and fill in the reasons why we love our kiddos so much! And there’s even a large heart on the second page that can be filled in with your child’s name and used for hanging up on Valentine’s day!
Last year I filled out the hearts each night and hung them on the kids doors so they would see them in the morning, but this year I am going to fill them all out ahead of time so that all I have to do each night (or early each morning) is tape them up on their door, easy peasy right?
I love seeing how excited the kids get over something so small, and it makes them feel good to read all of the many reasons why their daddy and I love them so much! We always tell the kids that we love them, but this is just another way to make it fun for them. I hope you will join me and do the “14 days of love” with your kiddos this Valentine’s Day too! And if you don’t want to spend the time tracing and cutting out the hearts like I did last year, grab the FREE printable below (or by clicking here) and save yourself some time! Enjoy showing your kids how much you love ’em this Valentine’s Day!