1. Get your kids involved in making an all-red or pink ensemble to wear. Ribbons, yarn and beads in red or pink tones work well for belts, necklaces and hair ties. For girls, paint nails with hearts in different shades of red or pink polish.
2. Use red lipstick or poster paints to write a love note to your pre-teen or teen on the place where they spend the most time looking: the bathroom mirror. Don’t worry—the materials will come off with window cleaner.
3. Now’s the time to put those heart-shaped cookie cutters to use! Use them to mold pancakes or French toast and cut cookies, pizza, or sandwiches.
4. Have the kids help you make a special meal for your significant other. Let them choose the menu and make it their mission to do the shopping, cooking, serving, and cleaning!
5. Help your kids make Valentine’s Day cards or sweet treats for loved ones. Not only will you and your kids enjoy this sweet activity but so will the very lucky recipient!
6. Sneak love notes or treats into your kids’ cereal, lunch box, or backpack.
7. Say “I love you” to children of all ages and talk about what love means with younger kids.
8. Spend extra time reading to your little one—see page 22 for timely book recommendations.
For Significant Others
1. Leave work early in order to spend a longer evening with your partner.
2. Treat your significant other to a “day off.” If he or she normally cooks, consider making a special meal for him or her. If he or she normally takes out the garbage, take it out before he or she even gets the chance.
3. Arrange to have lunch with your special someone, or if the weather is nice, meet at a local park for an impromptu picnic.
4. Create a photo book of all of your special memories together.
5. Write a love note and leave them in unsuspecting places such as in his briefcase, on her car windshield, or in his underwear drawer.
6. Agree to write and read poems to each other and/or revisit your wedding vows.
7. Take a quiet walk together.
8. Revisit some of your favorite memories. For example, a first date, when you felt that you were falling in love, or how you felt when you first met.
9. Light candles—anywhere and everywhere.
For the Whole Family
1. Schedule Game Night so the entire family can be together. Play family trivia by asking questions of each family member. For example, “Which family member loves chocolate?” Not only will each family member have fun guessing but you’ll learn new things about each other too!
2. Make Valentine’s Day cards for every member of the family or collect love notes for each other, placing each one in a jar to read as a family on Valentine’s Day.
3. Watch a movie together. Take the time to pick something that everyone will enjoy. And don’t forget to make popcorn and snuggle up as a family while you watch.
4. Exchange hand-made coupons for work each family member can do to help one another. For example, a coupon good for cleaning Dad’s car or a day of unlimited hugs and kisses for Mom!
5. Put together a scavenger hunt with special treats and sweet notes around the house. Add a riddle at the end of each note about where to find the next note and have something special waiting.
6. Spend some time perusing family photo albums and savoring memories.
7. Nothing exudes love like giving back to the community as a family. See our article, “Giving Back During the Holidays,” in the November 2010 newsletter for ideas.
8. Invite another family over to spend some time with your family and help spread the love!
9. Take the whole family ice skating at PAMP’s Valentine’s Day Ice Skating Party on February 5, 2011! See page 38 for details.
Jaclyn Foroughi, CFA, is Co-Editor of the PAMP Newsletter.