Tuesday Toddler Tip: Love & Play This Valentine's Day

We show our kids love in a number of ways. Sometimes it is often the simple caregiving tasks that our child feels the most connected to us - giving them a bath, helping tie their shoes, or caring for a sick child. This Valentine’s Day, make the most of those moments and use them as opportunities to connect. Even in some of the harder moments, like when you have a toddler tantrum on your hands, let your children know that you can tolerate ALL of their feelings. In doing so they feel loved, safe and secure. A good way to rebound is to join in their world of play.  Follow their lead, letting them be the “boss” of the play, and they will feel re-connected to you. This will allow them to better handle separations, transitions, and directions. Play is the most meaningful way to connect with your children, so go where they lead you. Brought to you by Twigtale expert Allison LaTona, MFT

Don't forget to check out our whole board of Valentine's Day Ideas on Pinterest.  You'll find creative crafts, touching ways to say I Love You, s'mores, footprints, gifts for teachers and friends - all you need for a completely DIY holiday celebration.


Tuesday Toddler Tip: Love & Play This Valentine's Day was originally published on February 11, 2014. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on January 11, 2016.