There is no way to deny the fact that Valentine’s Day is all about love and feelings. The problem is that various different difficulties appear for parents. It is possible to not be able to celebrate a truly loving Valentine’s Day because of the presence of the child and we also need to think about them since they will be under some pressure. We will now talk about the kids and what Valentine’s Day is for them.
Most parents do not understand the fact that Valentine’s Day can be quite horrible for children. They start to first be aware of this day during kindergarten as teachers will encourage them to decorate handmade individual boxes or other gifts to hand out. Different approaches exist based on what the teacher likes.
What Should A Parent Do During Valentine’s Day Holidays?
You need to first be honest with yourself and what the holiday means for you. It is very important that you allow the child to be free and that you do not force him to do something that he/she does not like. Do not let the way you feel about everything hurt the child.
Make sure that you talk with teachers so that you learn about Valentine’s Day school policies way in advance. That will highlight what the child should do. For instance, in the event that the policy is about giving valentines to every person in class and your child does not want to do this, make sure that you explain why it is so important.
Talk with the children about the Valentine’s Day experience that you had in the past. Share both bad moments and good moments. Do not think about what happened as an adult. Think about happened when you were around the same age as the child.
In the event that the child decides that he/she does not want to give out a Valentine’s Day card, do not force it. Try to learn why that happens and then try to explain how the other people in the class will end up feeling when they do not receive cards. The truth is that at a tender age, this exchange can be fun and it does not mean much. It needs to be encouraged and controlled at the same time.
In the event that your kid really wants to do something that is special for a friend that is considered as being a best friend or if he/she has a small crush and wants to do something out of the classroom, do make some time and talk about it. Give advice so that everything would be a good experience.
Remember that it is never too late or too early to aid the child to express friendship and love. The young child is a concrete thinker. He/she will not understand the real concept of Valentine’s Day but will most likely make a connection with friendship. Encourage kindness, respect, thoughtfulness and family love. This is the perfect time to do so. Valentine’s Day can be wonderful for building a stronger relationship between a child and a parent.
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