I want to show my love for these nuggets every day. Of course, after almost a year of being pretty much confined to our house together 24/7, I’m not always the picture of a perfect mom. Not by a long shot. Sometimes, I have to do all I can to speak to them with an even tone and maintain any semblance of calm, cool, and collected.

Indeed, we can all acknowledge that parenting hasn’t exactly been easy these last few months. But, the truth is: being a kid hasn’t been carefree either. Overnight, our children went from play dates to pandemics, teacher time to computer school, outings and adventures to homebound quarantines. I try to remember all of this when I feel the frustration building. I take a deep breath and come to terms with the truth that we are all struggling in our own ways -- kids and grownups, alike.

And this reality is why we need to celebrate our love more than ever -- to remind ourselves that family is everything. Even if we’ve spent every waking minute together; even if we feel like we haven’t had a moment to ourselves -- because, despite this, in some ways we’re more disconnected than ever. On our respective devices. Stuck in our exhausting routines. Trying to keep ourselves sane.

Typically, we don’t make a big deal of Valentine’s Day in our home. I’ll usually get the kids a little treat, and we call it a day. But this Feb. 14, I’m going all out. Our family needs an excuse to have fun, to giggle, laugh, and let loose. We need to hug and kiss and feel the love.

We’ll be spending a whole day together with pancakes and pizza and board games and back-to-back movies and couch cuddles and reading books and going for neighborhood walks and having impromptu dance parties and baking treats and enjoying every single precious moment. There will be cards and gifts and special treats. There won’t be remote work or virtual learning or stressing about the little things that have been taking up too much brain space lately. We’re just going to soak in the simplicity.


I gave my babes a little preview of what’s to come this week after school. I set up a table with some snacks and we “toasted” to love while writing out our Valentine’s Day cards to friends and classmates.

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