A New Focus for Valentine's Day

by Janna Jones

Valentine's Day is all about romantic love and celebrating with your "special someone." But as our daughter gets older, we want to help her focus less on the boy in the third row at school and more on the long-lasting relationships in her life that show her she is accepted and special.

So we've made it a Valentine's Day tradition to create and deliver gift boxes filled with chocolate-covered strawberries.

As we hand-dip the strawberries, we talk about the important friendships in our lives and the joy we get from giving love to others. Later, we personally deliver the treats to close family friends. This fun tradition gives our daughter a sense of belonging among a community whose love lasts long past the February holiday.


This article appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of Thriving Family. Copyright © 2012 by Janna Jones. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.


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