Is Valentine’s Day a Hallmark Holiday? A lot of people seem to think it’s leaning that way, and they might have a point. It’s a day that brings with it a lot of pressure to find the perfect gift, the perfect bouquet, the perfect card. Even school aged children now go shopping for valentines, selecting the 32-pack of cards with the images of the coolest superheroes and most popular celebrities. With all the time spent scotch taping candy to cards, and checking the class list to make sure nobody was missed, it can be easy to forget what the real purpose of a valentine is. And with all the different people included in your child’s class valentine exchange, it’s likely that he (or she) forgot the most important person of all.
That person is your child. It might seem strange that your child should reserve a valentine for himself. But when you really think about it, Valentine’s Day offers a really good opportunity for a child to reflect on the love in his (or her) life, including the love they have for themselves. This can be especially important for a child who struggles socially.
It’s not uncommon for children who have trouble fitting in to experience lower self-confidence. They may wonder what’s wrong with them, and why the other children don’t want to spend time with them. While developing the proper social skills to relate to your peers is important, it is also important to recognize that these skills are only part of who you are.
The craft shown above is a great way to spend some time with your child today and help him (or her) focus on the things he likes about himself. This Where I Can Be Me® valentine gives your child a chance to think about the things he’s good at, the difference he makes in other people’s lives, and his greatest qualities.
To get a printout of the craft:
- Right click the image
- Click save image as (which will allow you to save on your computer)
- Open the file and click print.