The Etiquette of Valentine’s Day

by Cindy Post Senning on February 14, 2012

This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Valentine’s Day can be such fun. Kids love it. It’s a day to share, cards, cup cakes or heart shaped cakes. Cards are made or filled out and passed around. In some classrooms there is a box for valentines; in others kids leave valentines on each others’ desks. However just as there is the opportunity for fun and laughs, there is the opportunity for hurt feelings.Who can’t picture the hurt that can be felt when only one desk is missing a card or only one child does not receive one?

The adult in charge has a responsibility to assure that every child receives a card if cards are part of the celebration. Parents should be sure that their child has enough cards for everyone. Each child must have an opportunity to participate if there is a classroom activity associated with this special day. So often I talk about flexibility and the fact that different homes and different classrooms have different standards. Etiquette is associated with respecting those standards. In the case of a classroom party, however, there is no flexibility. The etiquette is that everyone is included. That means everyone.

So to everyone I say,  “Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.!”

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