Valentine’s Day is approaching, and if you have a child in grade school, you may have a lot of questions about Valentine’s Day card etiquette. For example, should your child bring a card for every person in his or class, or is it ok to reserve cards for only the closest friends? Here is a brief Valentine’s Day etiquette guide to help you and your child navigate this fun holiday.
There is usually at least one kid who ends up with fewer valentines than everyone else. Help brighten his or her day by ensuring that your child comes to school equipped with enough valentines for every single person in class (including the teacher). Don’t count on your child to remember all of the kids by memory. Call the teacher to get an accurate student count so you don’t unintentionally overlook anyone.
Trying to remember the name of every classmate can be stressful for a child, so it is ok not to put individual names on each one. Reserve personalized cards or name tags for your child’s closest friends and come up with generic cards with cute sayings on them to give to everyone else.
Let your child pick out the valentines card design he or she wants to give to classmates. If they are all Princess-themed or pirate-themed, it’s no big deal. If your child is worried about giving feminine valentines to boys and vice versa, try purchasing cute and generic mini note cards with designs like animals, stripes or polka dots.
Don’t forget to purchase valentines for family members, music instructors and other individuals who will interact with your child on Valentine’s Day. If your child has dance classes or any other activities on Valentine’s Day, you might want to give the other parents in the class a call to find out if they plan on bringing valentines so you know whether or not to have your child bring some as well.
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