Do you buy Valentine’s day gifts for your kids? It’s a question that’s brought divided opinion on the parenting website Netmums. For some parents the answer is ‘absolutely not’ while others go all-out on the day with cards and presents, Valentine’s themed crafts and heart-shaped food. Me? I love Valentine’s Day and my two children have always been part of it.
Ever since they were little we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day as a family. The kids used to come home from school with a hand-made card and the four of us would have a special Valentine’s meal together in the evening. There would be flowers on the table and Adele and Emile – my two little gooseberries – would watch Matthew and me exchanging little presents, like a book or heart-shaped chocolates.
Valentine-themed books for kids
Here in the US, many parents will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with their kids. According to one survey, 85% of parents will be giving their kids a Valentine’s gift this year. It’s not such a big event in the UK, but it seems to be catching on and I wonder how many parents in the UK will buy something for their children this year?
If you are, you won’t have to go far for inspiration. Look online and you’ll find lots of Valentine gift ideas for children and even grandchildren. You’ll also see some lovely Valentine’s books for kids They cater for all ages, with everything from cute Valentine’s picture books for toddlers to journals and joke books for older children and teens.
I think it’s great that there are Valentine’s books for children. I love giving the gift of reading and what better time than Valentine’s Day to bring a new book into your child’s life? Especially a book that teaches them about love and compassion.
I’ve always thought of Valentine’s Day as a time to celebrate our united love as a family. Even though my children are grown-up now my lovely big gooseberries still love spending Valentine’s Day with us. I can’t wait for February 14th.
Happy Valentine’s everyone!