By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Unlike Christmas, our family doesn’t have many Valentine’s Day traditions.
We usually make and decorate heart-shaped cookies. We make valentines for friends and/or relatives. And we give each of our kids a small toy, card and candy.
I was searching for more traditions to add this year, but then I decided to stop. Right now, while our kids are still young, I’m going to just enjoy the simplicity of Valentine’s Day. A holiday that can become ever so complicated as you grow up.
When our kids look back and remember these simple Valentine’s Day celebrations, I hope they remember them as days where we took some time to show them how much we loved and cared for them. We loved them through the temper tantrums, fighting, whining, and colds/flu. We loved them even if they woke up on the wrong side of the bed or were bouncing off the walls from sugar. We love our kids every day of the year, but Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to take a moment to remind them.