As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, you may be preoccupied with thoughts of romantic ideas for your significant other. However, it is also important to keep in mind how your child may be feeling about the holiday. It is not uncommon for children to have high amounts of anxiety around the holiday. Keep these tips in mind to help ensure that your children are as comfortable as possible during Valentine’s Day activities.
- Make sure you are aware of the Valentine’s Day celebrations that will be going on in your child’s classroom. If your child is expected to give a valentine to everyone in the class, make sure to get enough. If your child is feeling anxious about giving out valentines and what it means to each child, make sure to talk about those feelings and answer any questions they may have.
- Share your past experiences about Valentine’s Day, both the good and the bad. Telling stories will help make your child feel as if they are not alone with their feelings.
- If your child wants to make a special gift for a best friend, make time outside of school to give them the gift so other children do not feel left out.
- Create a Valentine’s Day tradition with your children. Give them candy, a card, or a flower to show them that you care. It will also give them something to look forward to each year, even if they are not very excited about the holiday.
- If there is a specific kid in your child’s class who they do not get along with, they may not want to give them a valentine at all. Make sure they understand the importance of including everyone, even if it is with a generic “Happy Valentine’s Day” card instead of something more personal.
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