When I was in elementary school, my mom (April) announced that we would be celebrating “We Love to Be a Family Day” and showed us a map covered in hearts that would lead us to different activities and service opportunities throughout the day.
My mom didn’t know what we would think of it, but we LOVED it, and it has been a favorite family tradition every year since. It’s a tradition that still brings everyone together in the midst of college, work, and busy schedules.
If you’d like to do something like this with your family, we’ve included a step-by-step guide that my mom put together below. This should be stress-free and unique to your family and circumstances.
This mini-podcast might also be a helpful resource as you plan.
Here are some of the steps that we take to make We Love to Be a Family Day a reality!
1. Create a List of Activities for the Whole Family
We usually have an “anchor” activity like seeing a movie or eating lunch at a restaurant, and the rest of the day is made up of free or low-cost outings and service opportunities.
2. Choose the Best Activities from the List!
Here are some pictures of some of the activities we did on our first We Love to Be a Family Day:
We went rollerskating and had a picnic in the park, made Valentine’s Day cards for the neighbors, and ended the day with a matinee.
You can even delegate the activities and planning to one of your older children! When it was my year to help plan, I decorated the table and made a festive breakfast setup for the family. My middle-school self was in heaven as I searched Pinterest for some simple Valentine’s Day crafts.
3. Make Your Clues and Treasure Map
This is as simple as cutting up a brown paper grocery bag and drawing some hearts and numbers on it. My mom wrote the clues on the back of paper hearts and usually included a little riddle for us to guess what the next activity would be.
4. Identify Your Next Actions and Tasks
Using the planning template (linked below), record your associated tasks by context (errands, phone calls, at home, computer, and discussions). This makes the planning smooth and stress-free!
This family tradition is something I am excited to continue with my own family one day, and I am so grateful that my parents focused the day on spending time with us instead of feeling like they needed to plan something over-the-top and stressful. Things didn’t always go 100% according to plan, but the memories I have from these days are so special, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything!
LearnDoBecome Challenge: Take 5-10 minutes to brainstorm a meaningful Valentine’s Day tradition that will bring your family together (virtually or in person). If the things you’ve read about our We Love to Be a Family Day celebrations don’t work for you or your schedule, think about how you can adapt this or start an entirely new tradition!
We have a template for you inside our Free Community Facebook Group!
If you need any ideas, our LearnDoBecome community shared 50+ Valentine’s Day traditions here in our Facebook Group!
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