ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

Sponsored By: Two Men and a Truck
cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
91°
Sct Thunderstorms
H 94° L 76°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    91°
    Current Conditions
    Sct Thunderstorms. H 94° L 76°
  • partly-cloudy-tstorms-day Created with Sketch.
    86°
    Evening
    Sct Thunderstorms. H 94° L 76°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    77°
    Morning
    Mostly Cloudy. H 86° L 73°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers

While many associate Valentine’s Day with romance, for others, the holiday that has been celebrated for centuries is about more than roses and chocolates and declarations of undying love.

The romantic origins of the holiday have given way to family traditions of gift giving that extend beyond spouses. Valentine’s Day can be a family celebration, a time for parents and children alike to remind each other that they are loved.

“My mom still buys me candy for Valentine’s Day, and I’m 31,” said Becky Stewart of Xenia, Ohio.

Stewart is not alone, as Kettering mom Jennifer Baker has been receiving that familiar two-layer Whitman’s Sampler box from her dad every year for Valentine’s Day for as long as she can remember.

“My mom still sends me Valentine’s Day cards,” said Alexandra Thickel, 24, of Oakwood, Ohio. “It’s nice knowing she is thinking about me.”

Starting a Valentine’s family tradition can be both easy and inexpensive. It can simply be a matter of letting each member know that they are important to you with a gesture or thoughtful surprise.

 

Handmade holiday

While many will hit the stores for Valentine’s Day — as the Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 150 million greeting cards will be purchased for Valentine’s Day this year in the United States alone — a handmade card can be a heartwarming keepsake.

Young children can create a finger-painted heart for their parents, older children can design their own valentine with markers, construction paper and some glitter. Many online sites such as Familyfun.go.com and nickjr.com offer free printable cards, coloring pages, craft projects and recipes.

The painted, colored or bejeweled Valentine’s Day greetings can be matted and framed later as keepsakes.

Parents can also easily get in on the handmade holiday tradition even if they aren’t particularly crafty. An easy thoughtful idea found on Pinterest is to decorate your child’s door with an assortment of colorful paper hearts. Each heart can highlight something about the child that you love: You are kind ... You are funny ... You are a great dancer ... You are a talented musician ... You are a good big brother.

Tape the hearts on their door while they are sleeping and they will wake up to a door full of love.

 

Homemade holiday

It has been said that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but that can also be true of children.

Even if you are not a master chef, Valentine’s Day treats can be easy to create. A simple pan of brownies or Rice Krispies Treats can be transformed into festive holiday treats with the help of a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Simply cut the pan of cooled dessert treats into hearts and decorate. If you want to get a little fancy, you could put the Rice Krispies Treats on sticks and dip into melted chocolate. Add sprinkles and you have a fancy-looking, easy-to-make Valentine’s surprise that the whole family will enjoy.

The kids might like to be a part of this holiday family tradition from start to finish.

“I always bake a cake or cupcakes for Valentine’s Day and the kids love to help decorate them,” Baker said. “They especially love the big heart cookies.”

That heart-shaped cookie cutter can do double duty as you can use it to cut their sandwich into a heart — especially nice for the kids who enjoy their sandwiches crust-free.

There are also heart-shaped egg and pancake rings and molds if you want to start out the day with a breakfast that says I love you. Banana and strawberry slices can easily be cut into little hearts as well. Other easy Valentine’s Day pancake ideas can be found on www.Auntjemima.com.

 

Working together

A thoughtful gift can make your day, but no one wants to have to prompt their child, or spouse for that matter, to do something nice for them for Valentine’s Day or any other holiday.

That’s where a close family member like Patty Reichert comes in handy. The Centerville, Ohio, grandmother of two has helped instill the holiday gift-giving tradition in her grandchildren.

“I like to make sure they give something to their mom,” she said. “The first year, Colin picked out a little stuffed animal for her. We also like to make cookies or cupcakes and decorate them.”

The importance of giving and generosity is not lost on children according to early childhood curriculum and field specialist Joy Comingore from the Bombeck Family Learning Center, the Early Childhood Education School of the University of Dayton’s School of Education and Allied Professions.

“And the holidays are made to order as far as modeling ways we can give,” Comingore said. “And it also re-emphasizes for us the importance of giving.”

So, whether it’s a handmade card for grandma, a special candy treat tucked into your child’s lunch bag or heart-shaped waffles for the entire family, Valentine’s Day can be a perfect time to let family members know how much they mean to you.

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest News Headlines

  • A Chicopee, Massachusetts, mother is accused of abandoning her 4-year-old son after he was found wandering without clothes Saturday afternoon. According to police, the boy was found alone in a Family Dollar store without clothes on. >> Read more trending news Police told WGGB-TV that the boy “may be autistic.”  The names of the boy and the mother were not immediately released. Read more here.
  • An overweight passenger on a Spirit Airlines flights from Las Vegas to Denver said he was embarrassed and humiliated by the airline when it took away one of two seats he had booked in order to fly more comfortably. >> Read more trending news Jose Cordova told Denver 7 that he bought two seats on both his original flight to Vegas and for the return trip because of his size. 'I am a big person and I know one seat wouldn't fit for me, and to be comfortable, I wanted to have two seats,' Cordova said.  'You don't want to overhang on someone else's lap, so you want to make sure you have that extra seat without bothering anybody.'  Cordova said his flight to Vegas was fine, but Spirit overbooked his return flight and took one of his seats without asking. >> Related: United Airlines changes policy after man dragged from flight “They stole one of his seats. They sold it out from under him,” Denver 7 quoted one of Cordova’s friend Scott Tenorio as saying. Spirit apologized to Cordova and said it was refunding the cost of his flights. It also said it was investigating what happened.
  • Andy Szasz was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012 and beat the initial cancer after receiving treatment, but after falling ill with pneumonia in December, he was rushed to the hospital and placed into an induced coma the next day when he stopped breathing. >> Read more trending news Doctors at Southampton General Hospital in England estimated he would be in a coma for a week, but they were surprised when he woke up after just four days with the help of his dog, Teddy, a 4-year-old schnauzer-poodle mix. While waiting for him to come out of a coma, Andy’s wife, Estelle, received special permission to bring Teddy into the hospital. Pet visits usually take place outside the hospital, but hospital staff made an exception for Teddy. Inside Edition reported that Andy woke up from his coma as soon as Teddy entered the hospital room and started barking. “Ted is such a remarkable little dog in many ways,” Andy said. “He’s clever, loving, loyal, funny and a right little character.” >> Related: Mastiff named Martha crowned world’s ugliest dog Fiona Hall, senior sister for the general intensive care unit, told the Daily Mail that having pets around during recovery can be incredibly beneficial for patients, their friends and families, and hospital staff. “It can be motivational, aiding recovery, and can provide a pleasant and familiar experience in what can otherwise prove to be a long, uncomfortable journey in hospital,” she said. For helping his owner wake up, Teddy was recognized by the U.K.’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the same organization Andy adopted him from, under a special animal category. He was the only animal to win an award under the newly-created category.  >> Related: Dog saves family with nine children from house fire
  • Police in Georgia are hoping surveillance video that captured a violent attack will help them find the people responsible. Video shows a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter being beaten by two customers Thursday afternoon in Baxley, Georgia. >> Read more trending news The victims told police the suspects were unhappy with their order. The verbal argument turned violent when one of the suspects began punching the restaurant owner repeatedly. When the victim’s teenage daughter came out of the car to break up the fight, the male suspect punched her in the face. WJCL reported that Baxley police have issued warrants for the suspects, Nathaniel Smith and Latasha Smith. The pair could be charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children. The suspects drove away from the restaurant in a cream or tan Cadillac Escalade with tag number REU8495. Officials said they headed north on Highway 144. Anyone with any information about the assault is asked to call the Baxley Police Department at 912-367-8305 or the 911 call center at 912-367-8111.

The Latest News Videos