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It’s about a week before before Valentine’s Day? Are you worried about how to celebrate with your family? Okay, maybe “worried” is not the correct word. How about, are you looking for some creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children? Your children who probably already will get candy from their friends? Enough candy to open a second Wonka store? Here are some ideas that I hope you will find useful as we head to Feb. 14.

  1. Head to Mary Jo Peckham Park. Spend the day, or at least several hours. Picnic, play mini-golf, walk, bring the bikes in the car to ride around the park. Pack some bread for the ducks and some bubbles for the kids. Make the car ride to the park all about how family members show their love to one another. It’s an attitude of gratitude.
  2. Ritter’s Frozen Custard is a wonderful place to take the family for a sweet treat. Besides custard, they offer frozen ice and shakes. Share a banana split with the kids, or be adventurous and have everyone order someone else’s treat. You may end up with something new, but it will be delicious–trust me!
  3. Cut out some hearts–or even use regular Post-It notes. On each one, write something you love about your child and then stick them all on your child’s door so he sees them when he wakes up. Plan to spend some time going over the notes. Keep these as mementos.
  4. Meals are important. You can make a “red” meal – spaghetti with meatballs, red jello, strawberries and cream. Or, make pancakes and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the meal special.

What are your plans? Share with us so we can prepare!

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