There is something so wonderful about a day devoted entirely to love and friendship. Valentine’s day is a time to remember to cherish those around us. Sending flowers and writing cards are traditional ways of celebrating the day. But you can really get in the spirit of things by trying unique ways to honor the day. Spend the day with your kids spreading the love.

Make a Valentines week. Instead of taking one day to celebrate those you love why not spend a whole week doing it? Have everyone in your family do something nice for each other everyday. Maybe you can write a card to your kids or your little one can make the beds. Just take the time to help each other and show that you care.

Visit a shelter. If your kids love animals visit an animal shelter on Valentine’s Day. Shelters love getting volunteers to help feed and walk the animals.

Bake cookies. Make festive cookies and deliver them to a local elderly home. Many people don’t have someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with and this is a great way to show that they are appreciated. You’ll also have a great time making fun cookies with your kids!

Invite a neighbor over. Maybe you have an elderly neighbor who will be celebrating the day alone, invite them over for dinner with your family. Your kids will see how important it is to spread kindness.

Write letters. Take some time to write letters to our troops on this special day. It doesn’t take long and will be very much appreciated by those who receive them. Your kids can decorate their letters and put their own personal touch on them.

Have a roundtable of love. During dinner have each person say why they love and appreciate the person next to them. The things your kids will think up will touch and amaze you.

Valentine’s day is more than just a day for chocolates and the color red. It’s about remembering how important the people you love are.