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To the Mom Who Didn’t Hand-Make Valentines…

by Meagan Francis on February 13, 2014

For the mom who didn't hand-make Valentines

and maybe, didn’t even get the “right” kind of store-bought ones…

Valentine 1

or who had to work (or just wanted to avoid the crush of sticky-fingered children and awkwardly-standing-around-parents) during the classroom party….

Valentine 3

or the mom who went a little overboard with Pinterest planning, but never got around to actually getting supplies from the craft store…

Valentine 3

or who tried really hard to make the holiday special, but something went awry…

Valentine 4

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Your child can still have a special, fun-filled day, even if you didn’t hand-make a heart-shaped dessert.

Your efforts count, even if they mostly involved driving to the store.

And it’s not too late to add a little extra celebration to the day, even if it’s just a shared cup of cocoa and an extra-long hug. 


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Tragic Sandwich February 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I have no qualms about this! Baguette’s teacher wanted us to bring in the class set of valentines on Monday, which I did. And when I clarified the date with her on Friday, she said, “You can do whatever you want–make them and have her write on them”

That would be great. Except that between work, commute, ABA, and what was already a burgeoning cold, I had already made the decision to buy them. From Amazon. Because all of those things in my schedule mean that I don’t have time to go to the store, either.

But every kid in her class will get a valentine from her. And they’re three. They don’t care about Pinterest. But they will love the Elmo valentines.


Cassie February 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

What about the mom who DID made hand-made valentines? I’m sure you didn’t mean this, but it almost seems like for those of us who DID try and do the craft project with the kids and DID make it to the party and finally remembered the holiday a full week before it hit us, now it seems like there’s something wrong with us. Aren’t we all doing a good job? Sorry, you’re usually so inclusive…this seemed to mock those of us who finally FINALLY got a holiday right, even if only because we were stuck inside for too many snow days.

Wishing you all a paper bag filled with special valentines.


Meagan Francis February 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Cassie, I am honestly a little flummoxed that you could have taken the tone of this post as mocking. Most of us have been at least ONE of the moms from the above list at some point. And sometimes, even when we try really hard, things don’t come together the way we hoped for a variety of reasons. It sounds like you’re having a lovely holiday, and I think that’s wonderful! But reaching out in support to moms who are having a rougher year is in no way meant to exclude those who aren’t.


Meagan Francis February 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Cassie, I just re-read my response to you, and realized I might have sounded abrupt. Which I didn’t mean to…I was just, well, flummoxed!

I know that the whole “did you do the homemade thing or not” issue can be charged on both sides of the fence. I hope you feel good about pulling everything off this year – I certainly would, in your shoes. (In my case, I just felt good about doing homemade decorations on the box the Valentines will go in!)


Sher February 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I love this.
last night we found out the youngest had a contest and was to bring in a decorated shoe box for the valentine’s. he wanted to make it into a spider…well we found blue yarn, straws for legs, and googly eyes to glue on.
Then I read the assignment paper description and it said use ONLY pink, white and red.
And he got half his class name list signed on the back of store bought mis-matched leftover valentine’s from past years…sponge bob, hamsters, looney tunes, and hello kitty.

Last year I was the mom with the photo of the kid, holding the lollipop for each classmate.
not this year!


susie February 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I hand made them because they were cheap and easy. A heart cut out of paper and taped on a sucker… but then my 10 year old boy saw them and said, “How embarrassing! I am not bring in a heart!” He does not want to bring anything, lol. At least I have girls that were so excited!


Meagan Francis February 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

Oh my goodness – sometimes you just can’t win, Susie!


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