Even if we are far apart,
I’ll keep you with me.
Held here in my heart.
Our Heart Families reach far and wide: A teacher who encourages growth and learning, a neighbor who ventures to the park with us, our family members and friends. As each new member is introduced into our lives, our Heart Family grows bigger, filling us with joy and appreciation.
This Valentine’s Day, join Hartley and the rest of the Slumberkins cuddly crew to celebrate our Heart Families in creative and fun ways. Show children how to express their love using the 5 Love Languages™ outlined below, to help them understand that love can be shown through actions, words, touch, time spent together, and gift-giving.
Words of Affirmation
Positive affirmations are woven into each Slumberkins story. They guide children in recognizing the positive qualities that give them courage and help them through challenging moments. Children can easily repeat Words of Affirmation from the earliest ages.
- Read Slumberkins board books for inspiration! What affirmation does your child love? Show them how to shift the affirmation from an “I” statement to a “You” statement and practice telling a Heart Family member, “You are brave!” “You are unique!” “You are loved!
- Personalize this meaningful practice by creating an affirmation around the qualities of your child’s personality, focusing on inner traits like kindness, generosity, or thoughtfulness rather than physical appearance.
This language is all about sharing experiences through giving someone your undivided attention. Even 5 minutes of quality time can make a huge difference in your child’s day. Support them in choosing activities that they know both themselves and their Heart Family member will enjoy together.
- Join your child’s world! Whether they want to dance, color, or play with toys, let your child lead the activity. Then connect and reflect by asking them questions about how the activity makes them feel and ask your child to describe what they like about it.
- Download the Slumberkins Coloring Sheets and Valentine’s Day Cards and enjoy artistic creating together.
Acts of Service
As parents, we constantly use this Love Language with our children. Making them a favorite snack, fixing their broken toy, helping them with homework…an act of service helps them feel loved and cared after. For those who communicate using this Love Language, actions really do speak louder than words.
- Use these Valentine’s Day Cards as a lunchbox note.
- Affirm to your child that when they complete their household chores, they are showing that they care.
- Teach them to offer a helping hand when they have completed their responsibilities.
Cuddles, hugs, and high-fives mean the world to children. Physical touch not only communicates love and care, it is also important in calming and co-regulating during stressful times. There are many ways for children to appropriately engage in physical touch with Heart Family members. (One important reminder for kiddos is to first check that the other person is comfortable with physical contact.)
- Snuggles, snuggles, snuggles. As parents, we can’t get enough of these!
- Creating a handshake with all sorts of cool moves!
This is the most commonly thought about Love Language and a simple way to express affection for someone in our child’s Heart Family. You can take this a step further by including other Love Languages!
- Handmade gifts (Acts of Service)
- Sentimental Slumberkins Valentine’s Card (Words of Affirmation)
Our Friends with Heart Collection embodies these 5 Love Languages.
No matter what you or your little one’s love language is, the bond of a loving caregiver will support children in building their internal world. Practice connecting with your child in an intentional way that cultivates emotional wellbeing this Valentine’s Day.