28 Things I Love About You
February 15th, 2014
During the two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, I created a Love Swarm on the big kids’ door. Every night, I taped a heart to the door. On the heart, I wrote something I loved about them.
It was a fun and silly way to celebrate my kiddos and it was actually a good parenting practice for me to focus on specific things about them that I adore.
Some of Miss Mouse’s hearts included:
- You love to dance.
- Your smile sparkles.
- You let me braid your hair.
- You read to your brother and sister.
- You are a great big sister.
Buggie’s hearts tended to include verbs:
- You give great hugs
- You can jump really really high
- You fight bad guys
- You laugh before I even tickle you
- You play peek-a-boo with Birdie
Each morning, they would race out their bedroom door to check the hearts, with Miss Mouse reading Buggie’s to him. Then they’d come dive onto my bed to tell me what their heart for the day said and we’d talk about it.
One of Buggie’s said: “You help Mommy and Daddy” and I explained that I had written that one after he had helped me carry groceries in from the car the day before.
Miss Mouse had one that read: “You notice little things” and we talked about how she always comments on my jewelry or notices when Daddy gets a hair cut.
I could tell that Miss Mouse in particular, took great joy in the heart activity. She puffed with pride and love when she read her hearts. Mission Accomplished.