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