I ADMIT TO PINTEREST FAILURE IN THE PAST
I have a love hate relationship with Pinterest (mostly love). A few years ago I came across this cute idea to start a tradition for Valentine’s Day where I would write an affirmation on a paper heart every day and tape it to my kid’s doors for them to see every morning for each of the 14 days leading up to Valentine's Day. I really had the best of intensions of doing it, but by Day 5 I had already forgot and by Day 10 it seemed to have lost its meaning as I scrambled to catch up. I felt awful, wondering if my children thought it was hard for me to compliment them, wondering if they thought that they weren't worthy or loved, ect. ( I'm not the only mom that spirals out like this sometimes, thinking I've ruined my children over the littlest things, right?)
Well I am sharing with you today how I am hacking this idea and making sure I crush it this year and every year there after! I am super mom - hear me roar! .... or at least for right now I can say that.
IT'S REALLY NOT THAT "HEART"
I promise it is easy - not that heart - get it get it?! - Heart = hard.....ok I am not as good at puns as Carr.....
On January 31 I write down all 14 affirmations I want to say to each of my children and hang them all at once. Then that night after we finish our bedtime routine, I give them each their final tuck and kiss, and when I leave the room I flip over the first heart so when they wake up in the morning they will see their surprise. By building this tiny extra step in my night time routine I am able to keep up this tradition and not forget. This is by far my favorite Valentine's Day tradition along with making fun shaped pancakes and spa days with my daughter. I love knowing I am filling my kids buckets at the very start of their day and it is super easy! I have a feeling they will remember this as they grow up and even do it with their own children some day (if they choose to have children).
DIRECTIONS WITH MORE HACKS!
STEP 1: Gather Materials
14 paper hearts in color of your choice
STEP 2: LABEL HEARTS 1 - 14
You can either cut the paper hearts yourself, google "heart" and print out sheets to cut, or do what I did which is order these die-cut hearts off Amazon so I have hearts for the next couple of years. I just throw the leftovers in my Valentine's Day decorations box. WahLah!
STEP 3: FLIP HEARTS OVER AND WRITE MESSAGES ON BACK
I made sure to do broad and specific examples of what make my children special. I am also careful not to talk about their physical appearance. I really want them to be confident in who they are!
Also, to note, If you order the paper hearts off of amazon, you might want to steer clear of markers because the paper is a bit thin.
STEP 4: HANG THE HEARTS TO A STRING
I linked some miniature clothespins above, but I honestly just snagged mine at the local dollar store because I did not want 100 little clothes pins. If you are in a pinch you can also just use paperclips, safety pins, or tape. Your kids really won't care what it looks like! I used red and white twine to give it a little pop, but any string, ribbon, or piece of yarn will work! Or if you do not have any of that handy you can simply tape the hearts to the wall!
STEP 5: HANG THE STRING WITH HEARTS
I hung the strands of hearts to my children's doors, but, a word of caution, don't forget to check to see if the tape might pull the paint off your door or wall. If you prefer you can always tape it to a mirror or window!
STEP 6: FLIP IT EACH NIGHT
After you kiss each kid goodnight, remember to secretly flip the next day's heart over. By doing this right after their bed time routine you are less likely to forget and they can see it first thing in the morning giving them a little boost of confidence in the morning. And, if you forget, it is ok! They can flip it over themselves, or you can flip it over in the morning or the next day. It is ok, you won't ruin your child by forgetting!
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