Free Valentine’s Day Writing Guide For Kids And Life Stages February Photo Contest

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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CJ's handmade love banner

I look forward to and enjoy Valentine’s Day for two reasons. One is the candy. Sweet, yummy candy – all marked down 50% on the day after Valentine’s Day. And then there’s the other kind of sweetness – the cards from the children. There is nothing sweeter than a handmade card or letter from a child. It’s one of the first and most sincere ways they show us love, and contain a lot of hard work and sentiment. The photo above shows a handmade banner that my youngest son made for me a couple of years ago. I love the sentiment and know how hard he worked to make it so I still have it displayed in the hall today.

If you’d like to spend some quality time with your child, hang out for an afternoon making Valentine’s cards and letters for family and friends. If you need a little help getting started, Life Stages has put together a Valentine’s Day Writing Guide for Kids” that you’ll find helpful. The guide contains sentence starters, writing prompts, and family card templates.

We often think of the past and the present, but many of us don’t give considerable amounts of thought to the future and what lies ahead. There is a lot of truth in the saying that you never know what will happen tomorrow. You don’t. I don’t. We should be telling the people that matter to us how we feel about them in the here and now. It should not be put off for another time. We should share the special moments with others. Life Stages makes sharing life’s special moments more fun and rewarding, all while providing insights, information, and inspiration to help your family plan for the future.

The Writing Guide for Kids is a fun and educational way to engage your child in writing Valentine’s “love” letters to family members. You and your child can work on this together, having a good time and learning a few things. And, it provides the opportunity to let someone know that someone cares about them.

CJ sad with cat

As you can see from above, my son loves our cat like crazy. He lets the cat know it every day. That photo is one of my favorites. It was taken one afternoon after school. My son was very upset and just sobbed all over the cat’s fur. The cat never moved an inch.

CJ with cat

They hang out together. You see, my son doesn’t have friends in the neighborhood, and our cat Jules is his friend.

CJ with dog

In case you’re wondering, he loves our dog Dobby too.

While we’re on the subject of showing love and our feelings, I want to share the theme for Life Stage’s February photo contest. The theme is “Love is in the Air”. To enter the Love is in the Air photo contest, you will need to share a photo of your child showcasing their love for a friend or family member, pet, or favorite item and include a caption for “My child shows their love by…

Once you’ve uploaded your photo you have the opportunity to vote for it. Voting can be done daily, and you can ask your friends and family to vote for your photo as well. There are a total of three $100 cash prize winners. It’s super easy to enter the contest, and you can enter as many photos you want. The contest ends 2/29/15 11:59 PM EST. Click here to enter today!

Do you have a favorite memory of a way your child showed their love?

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Angelic Sinova February 3, 2016 - 1:25 am

First of all, Dobby is such a cute name for a dog! I don’t have kids but my mother is a teacher and every year around Valentine’s Day, she would have her students write different lists of things that they loved/appreciated about their parents/loved ones. I think it’s so great to have kids express their feelings through writing <3

Franc Ramon February 3, 2016 - 11:18 am

Kids show the most pure kind of love. This would be an excellent photo contest and I’m sure you’ll get a lot of great entries.

Carmen Perez (listen2mama) February 3, 2016 - 12:27 pm

What a fantastic idea for a photo contest. Kids are actually the best at showing love toward others. I’m sure you will receive many great pictures showing a lot of love in different ways. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Stefany February 3, 2016 - 12:39 pm

I absolutely love this. I think being able to help kids express their feelings is always a good thing but doing it at Valentine’s Day is special. I love the idea of sentence starters and writing prompts to get them started on putting their feelings into words.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy February 3, 2016 - 1:15 pm

This would be a fabulous activity to do with the kids on a rainy (or snowy) day! It’s so important to encourage kids to write and express themselves creatively. Thanks for sharing.

Liz Mays February 3, 2016 - 2:50 pm

These are such sweet photos! I didn’t know I was a cat lover until my daughter brought her cat here to live with us.

Mike February 3, 2016 - 4:26 pm

aaawww…..what a cute idea for a post and contest. I love Valentines time, it get’s all the creative juices flowing. And your kids look super cute, thanks for sharing!

Cassie February 3, 2016 - 4:33 pm

I really love this writing guide! It is such a cool way for kids to let their creativity shine through this Valentine’s Day!

Heather February 3, 2016 - 4:48 pm

What a fun writing guide for the month of February. I love that your son loves his pets. He seems like a very sweet kid. I hope he can make some friends soon.

Jen Jamar February 3, 2016 - 11:14 pm

These are such sweet photos. I love the first one. After reading about his day, it hit me right in the feels. Writing is definitely a great way to express feelings, and this guide sounds so helpful.

Tori Gabriel February 4, 2016 - 2:11 am

My girls are still a bit young to participate in Valentines Day but they still show that they love me in their little smiles and kisses. My two year old has started saying “I love you, Mummy” just as I’m about to tell her off for something. She’s so sneaky but I love her!

Chantal February 4, 2016 - 8:08 am

This is such a great activities for kids this Valentines! Also I am glad that I am not the only one with my sights set on the discounted candy!

pat.navymom February 4, 2016 - 12:04 pm

Yes. Years ago on a RV trip from the East to Chicago, our rear window shattered at the same time snipers were being publicized. I remember my instant reaction telling our two youngest who were with us toay down on the floor. Luckily we found it was caused by ET-snapping a bungee cord at the back window NOT a gun. Scary for us all, my son cried as we explained the danger of his thoughtless action. When we finally made our destination, as we shopped he found a teddy bear with an “I’m Sorry” message that he bought himself and insisted he give his father.

Maureen February 4, 2016 - 8:28 pm

Awww the photos are so precious! I love seeing kids and pets. Pets seems to understand children so much don’t they? Amazing bond. I love the name Dobby.

Ana Fernandez February 4, 2016 - 9:01 pm

Love the contest! Just like you, I’m so excited for Valentine’s Day 🙂

Chanel | Cultural Xplorer February 4, 2016 - 9:53 pm

These are really sweet photographs of your son and your pets. I never had pets growing up however when I have children, I will probably get a cat 😀

Stephanie Pass February 4, 2016 - 11:34 pm

It’s great when your child has animals that love them so. What a great idea to check out writing prompts for Valentine’s Day. It will definitely give my kids some inspiration.

LadySoda February 5, 2016 - 1:14 am

awww! sweet photos of your son and his pets. How kids treat animals tells a lot about their hearts. You have a sweet kid. The valentine cards, I remember my boys would make me one when they were still that they’re teens, I kind of miss that already 🙂

Jasmine Watts February 5, 2016 - 7:56 am

What a fantastic idea for a photo contest and it will let kids to do their creativity!!

Rachel February 12, 2016 - 5:34 am

Just loved the pic of your boy with the animals. It makes my heart and insides smile. The cat was just lapping up the closeness. I too keep a look out for the half price chocolates the day after Valentines day. But it is only look because I would eat too many. My taste buds do enjoy this special day. The competition is a great way to celebrate this love day. Thanks for the post.



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