Our Kids: Tips for Single Parents on Valentine's Day


Single Parents and Valentines Day. Tips Courtesy Ronn Jeffrey.

Overview:

1. Friday is Valentines Day and love is in the air. Can’t you feel it? Flowers are being delivered, dinner plans are being made, and poems about love are being written. It’s suppose to be the most romantic day of the year. If you don’t think so, look at any tv commercial or newspaper ad.

2. Earlier this week I visited with a group on single parents and they weren’t feeling so excited about the day.

3. Holidays, like Valentines Day, can be very lonely and stressful for single parents. The key to not only surviving but enjoying the holiday, is to find a way to make the day meaningful for you. Here are some tips that might be helpful.
TIPS:

1.It’s Not All About You!

• It’s easy to get down in the dumps when we think everyone around us has found love. But, remember your kids are watching you and they are excited about the day.

•The more you focus on showing love to your kids and accepting the love their showing you, the more you enjoy the day.

2.Notice Them as Much as You Love Them!

•We all tell our kids we love them, but do we tell them we notice them? Valentines day is a great day to tell our kids about some of their unique talents and qualities.
•Part of loving are children is celebrating each child’s uniqueness.

3.Make Someone’s Day Better!

•Do something different and unexpected. Go to the dollar store and purchase valentines for as local nursing home, or bake a dessert for a neighbor. Remember, love is about sacrifice and sharing. As alone as you may feel tomorrow, there is always someone who feels worse.

•Shifting your focus to your kids and others not only takes some stress off you but teaches your children some valuable lessons about sharing.

•Thinking of others can help you not only survive Valentines Day, but make it an occasion of hope and celebration.


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