Posted: Feb 14, 2013 9:00 AM
Who says Valentine's Day is a holiday to celebrate with just your husband. This Feb. 14, don't forget to remind your child just how much he means to you, too. Why not start a tradition of writing your little one a love letter.

Valentine's Day isn't just a time to write a love letter to your hubby. (Although it's something you should seriously consider doing if you haven't already.) A holiday focused on love, Feb. 14 can be a wonderful excuse to teach your child about the meaning behind that four letter word — and to let him know just how much he means to you.

There are many ways to express your love

Think about how you feel when you receive a handwritten anything. When someone foregoes email and text and grabs a pen or a pencil and writes down how they feel about you, it feels amazing, right? So why not give your child the gift of feeling that same way? So get ready to go old school and express your love for your child (should not be hard!). Whether you write a letter, pen a poem, craft a story, your child will be overcome with happiness. Not to mention, he'll learn a thing or two about the importance of telling the people you love how much they mean to you.

Ideas for how you can express your love^

  • Make a list of words that remind you of him.
  • Make a list of special moments you spent together over the last year.
  • Create a playlist of songs that remind you of him and a note explaining why you chose each tune.
  • Let him know the reasons why you're proud of him.

Display it

After you've composed your love letter to your child, why not display it for him in some way? You can get it printed on a canvas, frame it or scan it and make it the computer screen saver or wallpaper. Whatever you choose, he'll love having the constant daily reminder that mama loves him. (Awwww.)

Make it a tradition

Let this Feb. 14 be the first of many years to come that you give your child this message of love. You can create a tradition of looking back over what you give him. And who knows? Maybe he'll decide to reciprocate and you just might find a love letter from him next Valentine's Day.

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