Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and is usually celebrated as the season of love. Growing up Valentine’s Day was a day for grown ups. I don’t recall taking anything to school to share with the class for this day. Things have truly changed, my childrens’ classes have parties, give out candy and Valentines Day cards. I really search high and low for what I consider to be age appropriate cards for my children to give out. I don’t want to lead my childrens minds and hearts down a road they are not ready to explore. I find cards that have very simple wording, Happy Valentine’s Day, or “God Love You,” something to this effect. I skip over the “Be My Valentine,” or “Be Mine,” no thank you.
Teaching children about Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to center around lessons of falling in love in Kindergarten. This is a very good time to teach them about loving God, loving themselves, loving their families and loving their neighbor. It’s important that as Believers we seed lessons of God love in the hearts and minds of our children before the secular view is able to build a stronghold. We don’t want our children to have a hunger for something that isn’t real love and as their parents we can help guide them.
The Bible teaches us that love is patient, love is kind, love is not self seeking, love doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices in the truth (reference 1 Corinthians 13). This kind of love is a far cry from what is portrayed on television. We can take time in their childhood years to teach them how to properly express love at different stages of their lives. Happy Valentine’s Day!