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Valentine’s Day – Share The Love With Family

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello, everyone.  We’ll get back to the Effective Parenting Tips later in the week.  Today, I want to comment on the upcoming holiday, Valentine’s Day.

Now some of you may have a negative reaction to this, like how it’s just a holiday made up by the florists, chocolate companies, and the greeting card industry.  No, there really is a bit of history to the day and it goes back centuries.

But even if it has been fairly commercialized now, so what?  It’s still a day about sharing and showing love, and that’s something we need.  Whether you’ve been celebrating this weekend or have big plans tomorrow, let your heart be filled.

Most people think of Valentine’s Day as a romantic event or a time to share little cards with candy with friends at school.  But as long as we’re expanding the boundaries of Valentine’s Day a little bit, let’s include some other people who could use a dose of your love.

Your parents – You don’t have to get them a present, just a nice card or even a phone call will do.  No matter the age, parents always like to hear from their kids and hear “I love you.”

Your grandparents – Anyone lucky enough to have a living grandparent ought to make a little time to share some love.  Or, help your kids connect with their grandparents for a moment.

Your kids – Of course!  Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, you can do a little something extra for Valentine’s Day.  A little treat or a card is certainly a hit, but this time make a personalized note to go along with it.  Copy a favorite picture of them and write your note next to it or on the back.  Help them sincerely know that they captured your heart long ago.

Your “created” family – Not everyone is born into a close family, so many people count friends, neighbors, and coworkers as part of a “created” family.  Let important people in this group know how much you care about them, too.

Readers – I know you have even more ideas than I do about who should get some love on this holiday.  Who else do you reach out to on Valentine’s Day?

Creative Commons License photo credit: Jobsamuel Núñez

Valentine’s Day – Share The Love With Family

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.

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Krull, E. (2011). Valentine’s Day – Share The Love With Family. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 15, 2020, from


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