If you are a mom of school age kiddos then you know all about the Valentine's day hustle!
3 kids, 22-34 Valentines each? No problem... Kidding! This is one of those holidays where "the heat is on" so to speak in the world of Mom. Over the years this holiday has taken on a whole new meaning for Mom's...
You sometimes get the feeling everyone is trying to out-do each other on cuteness and the actual kids are lost in the Pintresting. We are not trying to offend anyone, because you know what? Those Valentines you have worked so hard on are ADORABLE and you are bad ass Mama to get your craft-on!
But for the Mom's out there without the energy, time, interest or skills to blow everyone away we are here to tell you that is OK too!
With my oldest being 10 years old this April, I have been through plenty of Valentine's day "insecurity melt-downs" over the years, like the year I decided to just order off Amazon and picked monster truck valentines that I discovered were Scratch & Sniff and smelled like burned rubber.... I cried the whole time I was filling them out... Seriously disgusting. I can laugh about it now... Kind of.
We finally came to the realization that this day is about our kids appreciating and loving their friends... So we leave it up to them now. Just like when we were in Elementary school, we grab some pretty paper, some glue sticks, some markers and the ever important doilies and let them have at it!
Of course I cut out 99% of the hearts, because in the words of my son Ace... "Ain't nobody got time for that!"
Messy writing, hand made drawings.... The only rule is the kids have to think of something nice to say about each of their classmates..... And boy, are those conversations fun!
Contrary to what it seems like on Instagram & Pinterest you don't have to be that perfectly perfect mom. The secret is, that no one is. It took 3 days for my kids to finish these damn Valentines!
There was definitely some bribing, prompting, yelling and begging that took place and I will admit that because I am not a perfect mother. Nothing happens as easily as it looks. But were my kids all happy today as they went off to school with their Valentines? You know it!
Will my three boys learn that the most important thing to give someone they love on Valentine's day is their most sincere, heartfelt and loving sentiment? I hope so. (You're welcome future daughter's or son's-in-law!)
Love you kids, give them a chance to express who they are and how they feel and that is just perfect enough.
Happy Valentine's weekend Mamas! Your work is done and now you can relax and feel good about every-little-thing you do for your kiddos... It does not go unnoticed.
We see you Mama!