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MOV Parent: How you show love to your children

I want to start out this article by wishing all the children and parents young and old a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Children love and look forward to all special holidays and especially Valentine’s Day because they enjoy giving and receiving Valentine cards and candy.

In the past, the children always looked forward to having their little Valentine’s classrooms with the exchange of cards and parents bringing in sweets and treats. I am sure that it is not possible to have the little parties now due to the virus, but hopefully next year things will be different and the parties can resume.

Kids need to be loved not only on Valentine’s Day but all year round. Love enables our children to feel secure and once they know they are loved and cared for, they feel more protected. Love starts at a early age. Even though they do not completely understand what the word LOVE means, and so on, but you can hear them saying how much they love different kids and people. As adults, we understand the meaning of love and need to show your children by hugging them, telling them how important they are and how much you love them. For various reasons, some parents make the mistake of not showing and sharing love with their children which should not be. In our family, we use love and affection frequently because that is how I was raised and taught from a early age. This has a positive effect on a child and they will continue to show love and affection to their families in later life.

What really makes my day is when my children or grandchildren call or stop by the house and say “Sagapo.” Which in Greek means “I love you.” That one words makes my day complete no matter what else takes place in the day.

I have a dear 93-year-old lady friend that is from Cuba that always ends her phone conversation with “Yote-amo,” which means “I love you.” Everyone needs to be wanted and loved no matter how young or old they are and you will be surprised as to what impact you will leave with your children. It is important that they always know and realize that they are loved and wanted and able to discuss their problems and any issues they may have at school, with friends or relationships.

It is important for us as parents at the same time to take the time and advise them as the correct thing to do. Unfortunately, life is tough at times and the real world can be cruel and mean and many parents neglect to take the time to advise and show them love. This is very difficult for many families because parents work and have such limited time that they fail to take time for quality time with their children and must realize that children have problems just as adults do. It is important that your children discuss their problems with their parents and not with their friends who could possible give them the wrong solution or advice.

One more time…. Be sure always to tell your child how much you love and care for them…

Here are a few cute kids’ sayings. How does cupid deliver valentines all over the world? On an arrow-plane. What kind of valentines candy is never on time? Chocol-LATE. What did one donut say to the other on Valentine’s Day? I’m dough-nuts for you. What did the toast say to the jam? I love you berry much! What is the most loving vegetable? Lettuce because it has a heart. What did the cucumber say to the pickle on Valentine’s Day? You mean a great dill to me.

Till next month.

Below are chocolate recipes for your children to try.

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CHOCOLATE POPCORN TRAIL MIX

2 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate

2 cups popped reduced-sodium reduced-fat microwave popcorn

2 cups shredded wheat cereal

1 cup dried cranberries

Microwave chocolate in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir until completely melted. Add popcorn and cereal; toss to evenly coat. Spread into single layer on large sheet of waxed paper. Cool. Toss with cranberries before serving.

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CHOCOLATE COOKIE BARK

8 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate

6 squares white baking chocolate

2 tablespoons peanut butter

10 Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies

Place semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate in separate medium microwaveable bowls. Microwave until completely melted, following directions on package. Add peanut butter to white chocolate: stir until well blended. Crumble half the cookies over chocolate in each bowl; mix well. Drop spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture onto wax paper-covered baking sheets, alternating the colors of the chocolates. Cut through chocolate mixtures several times with knife for marble effect. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm. Break into 14 pieces. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Kiki Angelos is a food columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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