Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Valentines for 3 year olds

I love Mallory's preschool program. She loves going, loves the teachers and loves the friends she has made. We get to see tons of cute little art projects and at the end of each class they send home a progress note with how the day went. They even have a section on the bottom for special notes. Sometimes this says heart melting things like "Mallory really cares about how her friends are doing. She always wants to make sure they are ok." Other times it says things like "Remember Tuesday is Pajama Day!" or "We have our field trip on Thursday!"

Well when I went to class on Tuesday to pick her up I grabbed the note out of her cubby and glanced over it to make sure the day went ok. When I got to special notes on the bottom it read like this: "We will be having a Valentine's Party on February 10th, have your child bring 21 valentines for his/her friends" Um, cute. A little Valentine's Party for 3 year olds, I'll have to make sure Mallory wears a pink or red shirt that day. I'll make sure to set that out, right after I sign HER name on 21 valentine's cards, fold them in half and stick a little sticker on the fold of the card. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Don't go calling me the Scrooge of Valentine's Day, I just really don't see the purpose of 3 year olds needing to bring valentines to a party on a day that they don't even understand. I know I know, I can explain to her what it is all about (Hallmark needed a way to make a ton of money so they made up this great holiday to honor the ones we love...blah blah), and then have her help putting the little sticker on the Dora or Blue's Clues Valentine cards that we buy, but still...won't they have plenty of school Valentine's Day parties to come in the next say 6 years of elementary school she has ahead of her.

To solve my, um bitterness (for lack of a better word), on this whole thing, I have come to a decision. Yes, she will participate (don't go thinking I am one of those mom's who would make her child show up empty handed). I think I will attempt an easy, 3 year old do-able Valentine making craft. I'll cut up some hearts and have her put some glitter and stickers on the heart. Then together we will work on writing the letter "M" and then I'll finish her name. Those "crafternooners" who are reading this (and you know who you are) I'll make sure to save one so you can see that I did in fact do this craft, along with my three old from start to finish.

Am I over analyzing? Over reacting?

7 comments:

Kristen said...

I think the crafternooners should get a valentine too. :)

Anonymous said...

Okay-try to do that for a Preshool Class for Max and then another 30 for Daycare because Max and Elise have to take them! But really a think buying them would be easier!
Lori

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Aaron Mathison said...

I don't think you're over-reacting at all! I think that is a good solution to your dilemma. I think it's a ridiculous holiday (to celebrate with 3 year-olds) and force them to bring valentines which will most likely end up in the garbage the next day anyway!

Kristen said...

I feel your pain. Cullen has to take 41 to preschool because of all the part-time and half day kids. Then, both Cullen & Charlie have to take them to the sitter. Even better, the other parents include treats....ugh!

Amanda Jean said...

Haha well we've been making Valentine's Day crafts every day this week and will next week, but it's just crafts made out of hearts...I haven't talked about Valentine's Day (What's there to say? This day is the reason there are so many birthdays in November?). I'm equally as cynical about emphasizing this holiday among children, but for the sake of people-pleasing, I suck it up and cut countless hearts every day for crafts that will be thrown out by February 15th.

Lexie said...

I guess you should live in a small town where the numbers are less. We only need to bring 15 of them. :) And yes...I think you are being kind of scroogish....Mallory will have so much fun with this and you won't regret it, and yes, spend the $3 for a box and keep it simple. I wouldn't make them! LOVE YOU!!