Valentine’s Day is a time to let those you hold near and dear know that they are loved. As a Lower School, it is a day we cherish. It is a day to celebrate with our classroom communities, recognize the bonds we have created, and let each member of our community know that they are valued, that they are LOVED.
Feeling loved has a positive impact on overall well-being. It has an impact on mental and physical well being. It increases brain development and memory. Feeling loved helps make a child less fearful and ultimately helps a child become more well rounded. Feeling loved gives a child more confidence, helps them feel secure, and builds a bond.
So in our busy lives, what are some ways that we can show love everyday- not just on Valentine’s day?
Be present- It is very easy to “multi-task” when your child is talking to you. Make sure to take a moment each day to pay complete attention: make eye contact and really listen. Ask your child a question to let them know you are really listening and follow up on conversations. Find 10 minutes each day to give each child undivided attention (this is great advice for spouses too!)
Create meaningful traditions- These do not need to be elaborate traditions, just time well spent together. Bedtime or dinner routines, a special weekend breakfast, movie and popcorn night, or a monthly “date”.
Be Affectionate- A hug or a kiss each day is precious to a child. Hold their hand if they grab yours. If you are not a family that hugs or kisses, a special handshake or “catch phrase” is a great way to connect.
Show interest in their passions- If your child loves Legos, llamas, world records, or volleyball- listen to them with enthusiasm. Let them know that their interests and passions are important by dedicating the time to hear about or participate in what they love.
Children who feel loved, not only spread love to others but also love themselves. Take a moment every day to share some love with those you love! ~ Melissa Fagan, Lower School Director