Valentine's Day has become a day of showing affection to others, to ones we love and the ones that matter the most to us. However in the process, we forget the most important person in our lives - Our ownself.
What if this Valentine's day we teach our childen how to love themselves and deal with their own emotions.
By teaching children coping skills to manage their own emotions, we teach them to manage and help others around them. Isn't that a beautiful Valentine's day gift.
Here is an interesting and one of my favorite activities on Valentine's day.
Valentine Mood Jar
A mood jar is a great activity you can use to help your children find love within themselves by understanding their ownselves.
You can use a bottle or a mason jar Get light corn syrp, glitter glue, water. Optional: dish soap, food coloring, and extra glitter.
Fill the bottle 1/3 of the way full with corn syrup. Add several squeezes of glitter glue (I have found the generic stuff from the dollar store works best). Fill the bottle the rest of the way with hot water. Add a couple of drops of food coloring and extra glitter, if you would like. Shake shake shake. If everything is not mixing as well as you would like, add a drop of dish soap and shake some more.
And viola, your Valentine Mood Jar is ready.
The idea is that when you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, angry, or anxious you can use it to help calm down. We actually call them "calm down bottles" in our house. They help with mindfulness and slowing your thoughts as you watch the glitter settle to the bottom.
Here is our video about the jar.