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“I Feel Love When…” Valentine’s Day Craft

Emotions run high in our home daily.  A type A mama, 4 little boys, and a long list of to-do’s can be the best of times and the worst of times.  My boys are 7, 5, 3 and 1.  They fight.  They love each other and we work daily towards good attitudes, sharing, and being Christ-like.  However, even on the best days, there are issues.

"I feel love when..." Valentine's Day Craft

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I am constantly trying to come up with ways to make sure my boys know how powerful their words and actions are.  I always start my school year off with my ‘Don’t Put a Nail in My Board‘ activity to show how deep wounds can go.

However, my boys have had cabin fever the past few weeks with the low temps here in Texas and bad tempers aren’t hard to find.  If anything makes a homeschooling mom tired, it’s quarreling children.  It can really make your days long.

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Not only that, but I always try to put the lessons of God’s grace, love, and patience first.  Not even the fanciest curriculum can teach these things.  So, with Valentine’s day approaching, I thought of this ‘I feel love when..’ activity that we can do as a family and display as a reminder.

We simple cut a large heart out of construction paper, added each person’s name (including Mommy and Daddy) followed by ‘feels love when…’.  Then, I had each child think of 3 things that make them feel loved by others.  I let my younger boys dictate their thoughts to me.  I know you could add LOTS of steamers off your heart, but for my little ones, three did the trick.

What was the #1 thing that made my boys feel love?  “When mommy doesn’t yell.”  Ouch.  That hurt. However, what a great talk to have over our homeschooling time together.

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What did one of my streamers say?  “When my sons obey the first time every time” and “when my boys get along and love each other’.  They really took to heart the fact that I felt they loved and respected me when they did the right thing.  I explained it wasn’t because I wanted to be a mean mommy, but because I want to make sure they are the best they can be.

I hope you’ll make time to sit down and talk with your kids this Valentine’s Day about what makes them and you feel loved.  Even if you don’t do the craft, it’s the talk that counts!

I’m curious, what are some ways you teach your children about loving one another and good character?  Share your ideas by commenting below so others can use your ideas!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

About the author

Liz

Liz was a cheerleader swept off her feet by the football player back in high school. They are the proud parents to four boys and one girl. She’d always envisioned working and sending her kiddos off to school so she could live the ‘normal’ American dream. However, life and the Lord surprised her and she’s learning to ‘redefine having it all’ while being a homeschooling housewife. She enjoys finding strength from God’s word, the Today show, talking on the phone with friends, and being real about finances and parenting.

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  • What a cute activity! You can learn so much about your child’s feelings when you do something like this (good or bad). When the kids have arguments, I stress working through it together and expressing how they feel. I don’t want them to be scared to say “you hurt my feelings.” Granted sometimes their feelings get hurt over the silliest things, but I want them to show and explain their emotions.

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