Don’t beat yourself up because you didn’t make homemade valentines with your kids. It is perfectly acceptable to buy a box of valentines at the store. Don’t let the photos of other kids’ homemade valentines that have been plastered all over Facebook make you feel like shit. You took the time to buy cards for your kids and maybe even helped them write their names and their classmates’ names on each of them and assemble them. You rock!
If you did make your own valentines, that’s awesome, too. You should show them off! You made the time to find a design you liked, to buy crafting supplies, and to sit down with your kids to create their valentines. I know that you and your kids had a great time crafting together. You rock!
Maybe you usually make your own valentines but this year just didn’t have time. Or maybe things in your life changed that made homemade valentines impossible this year. Or maybe last year’s valentine-making made you so crazy that you vowed never to do it again. You still rock!
Handmade versus store-bought valentines shouldn’t be yet another opportunity to engage in the Mommy Wars. Whether you work or stay at home with your kids, you made the effort–whether that was driving to Michael’s or to Target. Your kids don’t care either way. Seriously. They are just happy to have valentines.
Besides, all of those valentines—whether inspired by Pinterest or printed at a factory—will just end up in the recycle bin tomorrow anyway.
So enjoy Valentine’s Day knowing that you are a kick-ass mom no matter what.