A day for love

Make Valen­tine’s day a fam­ily af­fair.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By JEN­NIFER CHUNG Par­ent­ing Ex­pert and mom-of-one, Jen­nifer Chung, is the co-founder of Kin­sights.com – part par­ent­ing com­mu­nity, part online health record.

VALEN­TINE’S Day is a spe­cial day to fo­cus on those you love. It’s a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to teach kids about the mean­ing of love within your own fam­ily. Here’s a list of some fun, cre­ative ways mums and dads can teach their kids about love through ac­tiv­i­ties.

Eat with love

Make a Valen­tine’s din­ner to­gether us­ing only foods that are red in colour (be­fore and /or af­ter cook­ing). For ex­am­ple, for starters, make a beet salad, red car­rot salad, or tomato salad; for main dishes make lob­ster, steak, or red snap­per fish; for dessert make straw­ber­ries, rasp­berry fruit salad, cherry pie or rasp­berry sor­bet. Drinks can in­clude cran­berry juice for the kids. Let the kids help chop, cook and dec­o­rate the ta­ble.

Fam­ily movie date night

Af­ter en­joy­ing your spe­cial Valen­tine’s Day fam­ily din­ner, why not end your night with a ro­man­tic fam­ily movie. For­tu­nately, there are many ro­man­tic movies that kids love such as Beauty and The Beast, Anas­ta­sia, Be My Valen­tine Char­lie Brown, Cin­derella, High School Mu­si­cal and many more. So grab some pop­corn and cud­dle up!

Se­cret Valen­tine ex­change

In­stead of a Se­cret Santa, try a Se­cret Valen­tine ex­change with small hand­made gifts and candy. Ask each fam­ily mem­ber to pick a name. The gifts must all be Valen­tine’s Day themed. This will give you and your kids an op­por­tu­nity to be crafty and cre­ative. Think out­side of the box to come up with the per­fect gift for your valen­tine (think bak­ing heart-shaped cook­ies, red and pink hand­made bracelets, Valen­tine’s Day photo frames, etc). Ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily will love

hav­ing their very own spe­cial Valen­tine.

Sweet treats scav­enger hunt

Or­gan­ise a fun Valen­tine’s Day scav­enger hunt. Pro­vide them with a map or leave clues around the house that lead to yummy valen­tine’s treats and cards. If you have more than one child, try giv­ing your kids dif­fer­ent maps for dif­fer­ent sur­prises to keep it in­ter­est­ing, com­pet­i­tive and fun.

Tree of love

Trees aren’t just for Christ­mas any­more. Pick up an ar­ti­fi­cial Christ­mas tree (you should be able to find one on clear­ance), spray it pink (or buy a white one) and dec­o­rate it as a fam­ily with hand­made valen­tines, pink and red pa­per hearts, pink lights and fam­ily pho­tos. Cre­at­ing the “or­na­ments” of love will en­sure an af­ter­noon of fun!

Valen­tine’s Day is a spe­cial time to teach kids im­por­tant lessons about lov­ing and serv­ing oth­ers while at the same time cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful fam­ily tra­di­tions. Mod­el­ling love through shared ac­tiv­i­ties has a pro­found im­pact on kids and it is so easy to do. Happy Valen­tine’s Day! – McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices


Cel­e­brat­ing to­gether: Get the chil­dren to do spe­cial Valen­tine sur­prises for each other.


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