Valentine's Day Family Activity: Love Coupon IdeasMari Hernandez-Tuten
It’s my favorite time of the New Year — Valentine’s Day! Ever since my boys were toddlers we’ve been doing “Acts of Love Coupons,” and I for one can say, I absolutely love it (especially when my pouch has coupons like: 5 Days of NO Washing Dishes or Free Pedicure).
But the main reason I started this tradition, was because I have 3 boys and want them to know that:
- Love is not expressed with expensive extravagant gifts.
- Valentines day is not just about boyfriends and girlfriends.
- Our time and service can also be gifts of love that we share with each other.
How it works? Each family member writes an “Act of Love Coupon” for each other and is not allowed to write a coupon that can’t be done themselves, or have the authority to allow. So, my 6-year-old can’t write out a coupon that says, “7 days of Staying up Late” for his brother, because he doesn’t have the authority to do that. I shared how I set up our “Acts of Love Coupons” in this post.
Overall, I’m not sure if the messages I’m trying to convey with this tradition will stick with them in their teen years, but at least I can try now while I have their full attention. They especially love receiving coupons that say, “Stay Up Late” and “Movie Party Night.” I share about our tradition here in detail, and you can also find FREE printable coupons there.
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