"We spell love l. o. v. e but children spell love t. i. m. e."
How one dad's post proves that small seemingly insignificant moments can mean the world to children – and the family.
"It has always amazed me how just a little while of play time is the thing that kids want the most." (iStock)
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It's that time of the year again. 

Yep, Valentine's Day looms, and regardless of whether you're a single or married parent, you may not pay much attention to what most would deem a clever marketing gimmick and nothing more. 

Let's face it, when you're a mom or dad, your Valentine's Day is more likely to look something like this: 

So, instead of roses and boxes of chocolates this Valentine's Day, why not use the occasion to show your little one just how much they are loved? 

The great thing is, showing love to our kids doesn't have to be extravagant and often can be as simple as just spending quality time. 


Also see: What is your child's love language?

Do you have any special traditions with your kids on Valentine's Day? Tell usand we could publish your comments. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous. 


That's exactly what one dad discovered when he managed to bring happiness to both his wife and daughter, sharing his small yet huge moment online via Reddit's r/Parenting forum

"I feel like I levelled up as a dad. Tonight I made both my wife and my daughter happy," begins the post. 
"My daughter got in trouble for standing on the couch trying to grab a Valentine's balloon I'd bought her and my wife is suffering from severe depression. After dinner, I saw my daughter playing on the coffee table with her MLP [My Little Pony] Carousel and I decided to sit down and play with her. 
"No warning, I just sat down, picked up a Han Solo and Leia pair of action figures I had from my childhood [and] had given her and started interacting. My daughter's eyes lit up and she asked if I was playing, and I said yes, and kept on. 
"While we were playing, I looked up and saw my wife had paused the YouTube video she was watching and was watching the two of us play with a huge smile. It totally made my night and I feel it made their nights as well."

Also see: How to talk to your kids about this crazy little thing called love


The replies were a mix of the usual, some criticising the dad for doing something he should be doing anyway, but really, why be a wet blanket? 

Thankfully, others saw the silver lining: 

One comment really hit home though: 

Chat back:

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