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Want to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, but go beyond cards and candy? Here are 6 acts of kindness for Valentines Day to help your family spread love and kindness beyond your own homes. Will you join our conspiracy of kindness?
Every year when Valentines rolls around I find myself torn.
On the one hand I love the idea of a day that celebrates love. On the other hand I feel increasingly uncomfortable about how consumer driven this event has become.
The first deluge of Valentine Day merchandise appeared in the stores of our small town the week after Christmas. I kid you not! In fact I wrote about it here
I’m also astonished at how much Valentine stuff there is! Is it really necessary to bring more clutter and junk into our houses?
Could we find a different way to share love on Valentine’s Day? Could we model a way of celebrating the day that helps our families offer the gift of love and kindness?
6 Inspiring Acts of Kindness For Valentine’s Day
1. Send letters of appreciation
As a family brainstorm a list of people that serve the community in ways that tend to go unnoticed. Folks like the hospital janitor, cashier at the store, or school secretary. Write and deliver notes of thanks.
2. Babysit for some new parents
Give the gift of time to new parents by offering to babysit on Valentine’s Day. It can be hard to carve out time together when you have a newborn and babysitting can be expensive. Invite your children to come with you. Our boys always enjoyed helping to look after young children.
3. Be kind to the earth
The emphasis on material expressions of love tends to bring a lot of waste with it. Show some kindness for the environment by carefully considering how you might celebrate a waste free Valentine Day.
Could you celebrate by spending time together doing something fun, or make gifts that use recycled materials? I have gathered together a number of eco-friendly Valentine’s Day over at Pinterest to help provide some inspiration .
Two of my favorite ideas are this adorable Valentine garland made from recycled newspaper.
And these cute recycled crayon hearts .
4. Give Healthy Valentine Teats
A big part of Valentine’s Day is candy. Don’t get me wrong I love chocolate and other sweet goodness. Still I am increasingly aware that too much sugar is not a good thing.
In fact the over consumption of sugar is linked to a host of health problems. Why not mix in some healthy Valentine treats? These free Valentine fruit tags will bring a smile to any child’s face.
5. Give fairly traded treats
In recent years attention there has been a drive to raise awareness that children are forced to work in some cocoa farms. You can get more information about this issue here.
As consumers we can choose where we spend our money. Buying fairly traded chocolate is a powerful way to send a message to the chocolate makers. Child labor is not acceptable and we will not support it.
6. Give to organizations that help families
Celebrations such a Valentine’s Day can be hard for families going through hard times.
Contact a local organization that reaches out to help families in your community and ask them what they need. These might include a women’s shelter, food bank, or refugee center. Go together as a family to buy and deliver the needed supplies.
Valentine’s day can be a wonderful time for families. It is a time to make memories and affirm your love for each other. Adding in some acts of kindness will turn this day into a time of giving and that is great way to celebrate love.
How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children this year? Have you found ways to incorporate some acts of kindness into this celebration? Please share your ideas in the comments below.