Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is this week, which means couples will be out celebrating all things red, pink and heart-shaped. Even if you’re not in a romantic relationship, you can still celebrate love in all its forms.

Love comes in many different shapes and sizes. Family and friends are certainly special to us, but we rarely give them a passing thought on the one day of the year dedicated to showing our affections! I say we change that mentality.

Start with your children. Studies show kids that spend quality time with their parents on a frequent basis are much less likely to take risks using drugs, drinking alcohol, having promiscuous sex and or getting involved in other dangerous activities.

Your time and love is the most effective form of prevention there is. If you haven’t made plans with your family for Valentine’s, there’s still plenty of time. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Go on a hike.
  • Play board games.
  • Watch the Olympics on TV.
  • Go shopping in Turkey Creek.
  • Go skating at the Ice Chalet.
  • Take a run around the neighborhood.
  • Make a healthy meal.
  • Go bowling.
  • Take a short road trip (Gatlinburg, anyone?).
  • Hit up the indoor pool at the YMCA.

While you’re at it, why not exchange valentines? I always get cards for my loved ones, whether I’m single or attached. It’s just important to let those in your life know that you care.

Valentine’s Day definitely shines a spotlight on love, but don’t forget to let those special people know you care everyday during the year. Watch how your relationships change for the better when you make a conscious effort to give a hug, kiss or kind word.

Have other suggestions for family-friendly activities? Drop me an email with your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you.