I have nothing against Valentine's Day but both of my children were over the moon about their school celebrations and I really don't see any reason to raise the bar when they are happy with the status quo. Although, I should note that Michael told me sadly that they didn't have circle time today, but they will have it tomorrow. He missed circle time. I would also like to note that I made four batches of Rice Krispies treats last night so the morning and afternoon kindergarten classes would have a safe snack.
The first year Harper had a school Valentine party we bought a bunch of craft supplies and had her make the Valentine cards for her friends. (Actually I ended up in the hospital on bed rest that Valentine's Day, so Matt or Nana helped her make her cards.) That was fine, but here's the thing: Valentines are not expensive. It is great to make them if you're looking for a fun family activity. But buying Valentines is not going to break the bank. In fact, for the initial investment we made into Valentine making supplies, I'm sure I could have purchased enough pre-made Valentines to see Harper through elementary school. I totally phoned it in this year and both kids went to school with store-bought cards. I think it cost us about four dollars.
Harper did have to make a Valentine box to take to school. I wrapped a cardboard box for her, cut a hole in the top, and let her go to town with stickers, crayons, etc. I'm fairly certain there isn't much of an artistic streak running through this branch of the family tree. When you let six-year-olds decorate their own Valentine boxes, the results are uninspiring, but at least they are proud. I think there's a good parenting lesson in there somewhere. If you let the kids do their own work (whether it is decorating a box or making their beds) it never looks as good as it would with lots of help from you, but it's not your job. And Harper actually said yesterday, "I'm so proud! This is my first Valentine's box!"
I'm not sure what the point of this post is, maybe just to remind myself that it's okay that we don't knock ourselves out trying to make everything extra special for our kids all the time. My children seem to enjoy life without a lot of intervention on my part!