I Still Hate Valentine's Day for Toddlers

iStock_000002074274XSmallLast year, I went off on a tangent about how I hate Valentine’s Day.

I swear, I’m not a grinch. I’m a BIG fan of holidays, but I’m also a big fan of being sensible, and, to me, requiring a momma to make Valentines for five-year-olds or bring in goodies for infants crosses the line. ~from last year’s post

Then last week when I got my own memo that my son had to bring Valentines to his preschool class, I got a bad case of the hummmmphhhhs and tweeted the following:

Of course, people were all STOP BEING SO SELFISH because it’s not about me, it’s about my kid having fun on Valentine’s Day.

But that’s not what I’m saying at all. I am all for a Valentine’s Day party. I’ll wear pink and red that day to celebrate! I’ll take my lunch hour to attend his class party! Cupcakes and balloons galore! But paper Valentines? I AM GROUCHY.

  • Cash monies: Valentines cost money and in the age of Pinterest, you can’t just show up with a card. You have to show up with a baggie full of bubbles and PlayDoh and treats.
  • Who do you think is going to put that together and write the names of 18 classmates?  Certainly not the three-year-old.
  • He can’t read. He has no idea that the card just spelled “Kisses 4 Me!”
  • I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees. Well, not really. But I see no reason to waste all that paper when it’s going straight in the trash when it gets home. I have no patience for that kind of clutter.

I’m sure he’ll have a blast on Valentine’s Day. I know he’ll love the party and the cupcakes and he’ll proudly show me his little paper envelopes and my Grinch heart will probably melt all over the place.


What’s your stance on toddlers exchanging Valentines?


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