How to Write the Perfect Valentine's Day Note to Your Child
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How to Write the Perfect Valentine's Day Note to Your Child

How important are the words of a parent to a child? As a parent the love you feel for your child is second to none. How do you express this in a Valentine note? Learn tips for writing encouraging notes to your child. What do you say in a note to your child? Use Valentine's Day to express these thoughts from parent to child.

Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14.  While the history of the day has more than one potential beginning, it is a fun day to express love and kindness to everyone.  One fun expression of love on Valentine's Day is the love of a parent toward a child.  What better way of expressing this than by writing a love note to tuck into your child's lunch, at the dinner table, or on their pillow at bedtime.

There are several different kinds of love.  The love note that you write to your child should, obviously, express a parent's love as opposed to a romantic note you may write to your spouse.  A Valentine's Day note to your child should reflect a parental love from parent to child - One of tender, care giving, encourgement and love that inspires a child to want to tap into the fullness of their potential.  Remember that the idea is to sweeten your child's day and to encourage while, at the same time, expressing your true thoughts about the child.

For some coming up with what to write in a note will be easy.  Then, there are those children who know how to push your buttons and make it a challenge to think nice, uplifting thoughts about them.  Still, take the time to think back from the time they were born until now.  Write down between one to five things you have enjoyed about them.  Do they volunteer to take out the trash?  Write it down.  Do they listen to you and try to do what you ask of them?  Write it down.  Do they like to cook with you?  Write it down.  Do they like to play a sport and do it well?  Write it down.  Do they have cute little freckles or a dimple that pops out when they smile?  Write it down.

The goal is to come up with inspirational aspects of who the child is, how they act, or what they look like.  Brainstorm as you write down any and everything that comes to mind that you like about the child.  If the child is extremely trying on your nerves, write down the things that annoy you about them.  Then, step back to see if you can turn a negative trait into a positive note of encouragement.

Once you decide it's a great idea to write a love note to your child, the only problem remaining is what to say in the note.  Words that come out of a parent's mouth are powerful.  Words from a parent can sting painful emotional scars for life.  Or, they can spur a child on to self-esteem and ambition.  Here are some things to consider when expressing your Valentine's words of kindness toward your child:

Be yourself. Use words you use when naturally conversing with your child.

It's ok to use physical traits as a point of encouragement.  Just be sure to include valuable personality traits as well.

Here are some examples:

"I have been happy since the day you were born.  I'm so glad you are in my life."

"Your eyes always twinkle when you enter a room.  It makes me happy to see joy in our eyes."

"You are the best soccer goalie I have ever seen play.  Your skill will take you far."

"Your ability to work the computer like a pro inspires me."

"I'm so thankful that God put you in my life."

"The moment I heard your newborn cry, my life changed.  You turned me into a parent, and I will be forever grateful!"

At the end of each one, add a "Happy Valentine's Day!"  Write out your own words onto a piece of paper cut out to look like a heart.  Or write on the back of a store-bought Valentine.  Tuck it away for your child to find.  Most of all begin to find ways to compliment them on a daily basis.  You may be surprised the impact of an encouraging parent's words has on a child.

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Awww. This is sweet. Kids don't hear 'I love you' often enough.