1. Buy box of Valentine’s Day cards.
2. Thank the Lord that child picked a box that has 34 Valentines rather than 1 box with 12 Valentines. No need to buy 3 boxes.
3. Break out the 3 sheets from the Kindergarten teacher which have all 26 kids’ names and photos on them. These are to glue on each Valentine. Think to self, “Great! This should be easy.”
4. Help daughter begin making Valentines. Note that it’s 3 weeks before Valentine’s Day. Plenty of time!
5. Watch daughter cut out very specifically and from the middle of each page the first 3 kids’ names and photos that she wants to make Valentines for.
6. Watch daughter use glue stick to put the names and photos on 3 Valentines.
7. Help by folding 3 Valentines in half and using heart stickers to secure the Valentines.
8. Watch daughter write her name on each Valentine.
9. Realize an hour has gone by and there’s dinner to cook, laundry to fold, and extracurricular activities to attend.
10. Put Valentine’s cards away.
11. Ask the next day if daughter wants to do Valentine’s. Listen as she says no thanks.
12. Repeat 11.
13. Repeat 11.
14. Repeat 11.
15. Make daughter do 3 more Valentines. Say encouraging words to show her how FUN this is. Allow her to start signing her nickname instead of her full name.
16. Repeat 11. Every day for the next 2 weeks.
17. Realize there are only hours left before Valentines are due. Beg, plead, and encourage daughter to work on them.
18. Start helping. A little glue here. A little cutting there.
19. Feed daughter M&Ms and promise lots of cuddle time if She. Just. Does.Valentines.
19. Help a lot more. Just keep smiling.
20. Send 26 lovely Valentine’s to school with daughter.
21. Drink wine.
22. Repeat 21.
23. Repeat 21.
24. Repeat 21.
How did it go in your house making Valentines this year?
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