I’ve seen a few different versions of this idea, but I give full credit to Jones Design Company for inspiring this specific design. Last year I came across Emily’s post/tutorial on leaving love notes on the kids doors leading up to Valentine’s Day. Inspired by the poem:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
How it works is starting Feb 1 – write something you love about your child on a little heart, tape it to their door and when they wake up in the morning they get to hear/read your special message. What a fun way to wake up! I book marked this idea last year to give it a try this year. Emily offers a heart template where you can print on any patterned paper you have. I don’t have a good assortment and plain white isn’t nearly as much fun. I took this idea and created 14 hearts (a few pictured above the rest pictured below) that already include a variety of playful patterns so you can just print on standard white paper or card stock. Each heart is numbered and reads “How do I love thee . . . ” in the corner.
I cannot begin to tell you how much my girls LOVE this. I did it for all three, Adeline (5) appreciates it the most but even Charlotte (2) has to have her little heart read and smiles the whole way though. They follow each other door to door to hear each other’s special messages (incredibly sweet!). I know the words of encouragement and love have been a blessing to them, they need to hear them more – and I’ve quickly recognized that I don’t do it enough!
This is my new favorite Valentine’s Day tradition – so if you have some time this weekend, cut up some hearts or grab some post its. You can do this in any number of ways! Make the week leading up to Valentine’s Day an excuse to tell your little ones (or big ones) how loved they are!
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