Give your kids some extra lovin’ this Valentine’s Day

Parent Hacks
By Carolina Dammert

Yes, I’ll admit it, Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday! From the hearts, to the colors, to all the cheesy one liners! I love it all.

To me, the importance of this holiday comes not only from the fact that I get to shower my favorite people with an extra dose of love but, that I also get to teach them how important it is to love and recognize others around us.

Here are some ideas on how to make your Valentine’s Day extra special for you and your kids:

1. Wake them up with a heart love fest.

Write affirmations in heart shaped sticky notes and leave them around their bedroom. Tell them how much you love them and what they mean to you and others in their life.

2. Enjoy a yummy Valentine’s day breakfast.

Need I say more? Here are some great ideas to get inspired:

Heart shaped eggs from Mommyhatescooking

Valentine’s Day Pancakes from Country Living

Bacon Hearts from TheSpruceEats.com

Valentine’s Day Fruit Kabobs from SimpleandSeasonal.com

3. The lunch box of love.

Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to make a heart sandwich and watermelon hearts. Add a cute Valentine’s themed napkin, a sweet love note and a heart shaped treat like the amazing cookies from AliciasDelicias (scroll down for recipe), and they’ll be the ones giving you hugs and kisses when you pick them up after school.

4. Share the love.

Take some time in the afternoon to call close family members and tell them how much they mean to you. Little ones can also make fun crafts as gifts for the next time you see them. Some of my favorite ones are:

I Love You to Pieces from I Can Teach My Child

Valentine Butterfly Treats from Craftymorning.com

Cardboard Roll Heart Stamp from Housing a Forest

5. Heart shaped pizza dinner.

Who doesn’t love pizza night? Just roll out a pizza crust, cut it into a heart shape, add tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, stick it in the oven and voila, an easy Valentine’s day dinner! You can add as little or as many toppings as you and your kids enjoy.

6. Get extra bedtime cuddles.

Have them pick their favorite book and have a “cuddle party” after you’re done reading. There is nothing like some tickles, kisses and laughter to end your day on a high note!


Carob Chip Cookies
by AliciasDelicias

Carob is a legume from the pods that grow on a carob tree. It’s a great alternative to chocolate. I use this ingredient often for my daughter, who cannot eat chocolate. You can buy the chips in most health food stores.

6 oz (1 ½ sticks) butter, softened
2/3 cups light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups and 1 tbsp flour (extra for dusting)
1 cup carob chips

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.

Cream butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium, until smooth. Add baking powder, cinnamon, salt and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, beat egg and vanilla together with a fork, then add to mixture. Slowly add in flour until dough starts to form. Finally add in the carob chips and mix slowly until all the chips are incorporated into the dough. Be sure not to over mix dough.  Divide dough in two and wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out each half of the chilled dough to about a ¼ inch thickness. Using a 3 inch heart shaped cutter, cut out each shape and place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Place the cookies in the freezer for 10 min, then bake at 350 degrees in oven for 10-12 min or until edges are lightly golden. Remove cookies from sheet and let cool on rack.

You can also decorate with old fashion buttercream and add sprinkles for a festive look. Enjoy!

About the author

Carolina Dammert works at Encantos as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Marketing with the goal of bringing the Canticos brand to the global stage. She is also the mother of Santiago and Macarena, her 5 year old twins, who are proud Spanish and English speakers!

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