Last year, I had the idea to cut simple hearts out of brightly colored construction paper, write little love notes on them (one for each kid), and stick them to their doors every morning starting Feb. 1 and leading up to Valentine's Day.
I thought it would be a cute idea, I knew they would like it. But I guess I didn't quite expect how much it would mean to them.
When I say it made a difference, I truly mean it.
They had a little more pep in their step, it brought the biggest smile to their faces, and most importantly- it highlighted something special and unique to them that I loved so much.
It just filled their little love tanks right up and gave them a wonderful, positive affirmation to start the day with.
Have you read (or heard of) The 5 Love Languages? Well, mine is words of affirmation for sure. I need that verbal affirmation! One of my kids is also words of affirmation, so this really, really resonated with them.
So, what kinds of things did I write on their little hearts?
I wrote things about them that I liked:
- I love the way your smile lights up a room.
-You are the most kind human being on this planet.
-I love the way you laugh!
-You are such a great friend.
-You make my life so much better.
-I love when we do xyz together.
-You are doing really great at learning to read!
-You are so brave.
-You are so loving.
No treats, no trinkets- just my words handwritten on a cut out heart taped to their door.
If you do this for your kids (or other family members, spouse) let me know! Tag me on Instagram @jess.nicole.photography because I want to see! Tell me your experience with it! Also, I've got a reel on this project from last year on IG if you want to see it in action!
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Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.