Bilingual Positive Messages for Kids | Printable “Heart Attack” Valentines

Bilingual positive affirmation messages for kids | Heart Attack Valentine's Day idea in Chinese and English
Bilingual positive affirmations, mix of simplified and traditional Chinese with English

When I saw the Heart Attack Valentine’s Day idea from Skip to My Lou, I knew I wanted to adapt the thoughtful activity for my kids! In the beginning of February, the idea is to add a heart with a reason we love our kids on our child’s door. On each subsequent day, another heart is added until the door is covered with hearts on Valentine’s Day!

Since I want my kids to know that mom and dad love them unconditionally, I decided to use the valentines to focus on positive affirmations. I’ve created free bilingual printables, which I hope can save time for your family and help parents who cannot write Chinese.

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Bilingual positive affirmation messages for kids | Heart Attack Valentine's Day idea in Chinese and English
Sister peeking at little brother’s door; gray soft play mat; modern kids’ table (similar here)

Skip to My Lou first shared the “Heart Attack Valentines” in 2007, and the sweet gesture has become extremely popular! It’s awesome to see many parents adapt the idea for their family and how excited their kids react. Whether or not you are crafty, you’ll be relieved to hear that this wonderful activity takes minimal effort and supplies!

Bilingual positive affirmation messages for kids | Heart Attack Valentine's Day idea in Chinese and English

Positive messages for our kids

A few months ago, I wrote about positive affirmations for our kids (Chinese and English) and was blown away by thoughtful replies from bilingual parents worldwide on Instagram and Facebook. In contrast to English, encouraging words in Chinese often feels awkward and unnatural.

However, many parents, including myself, want to use to support our children with positive language. Affirmations may require practice to become internalized and, in turn, impact our actions, behavior, and relationships.

The tradition of Heart Attack Valentines is a clever way to reinforce positive messages. Here’s how my daughter’s bedroom door looked last year on Valentine’s Day!

Bilingual positive affirmation messages for kids | Heart Attack Valentine's Day idea in Chinese and English

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Other than Valentine’s Day, I think this activity would be great for birthdays or any time our kids need reminders of their wonderful attributes!

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Translations for bilingual positive messages (English / Chinese)

Since many of you are also learning Chinese with your kids, here are important positive messages in English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and Hanyu Pinyin.

  • You are loved
    • 你被爱了
    • 你被愛了
    • Nǐ bèi àile
  • I am proud of you
    • 我以你为荣
    • 我以你為榮
    • Wǒ yǐ nǐ wéi róng
  • You are kind
    • 你很善良
    • Nǐ hěn shànliáng
  • You are capable
    • 你很能干
    • 你很能幹
    • Nǐ hěn nénggàn
  • You are special
    • 你很特别
    • Nǐ hěn tèbié
  • You are brave
    • 你很勇敢
    • Nǐ hěn yǒnggǎn
  • You are diligent / hard-working
    • 你很努力
    • Nǐ hěn nǔlì
  • You are awesome
    • 你太棒了
    • Nǐ tài bàngle
  • You have great ideas
    • 你的想法很棒
    • Nǐ de xiǎngfǎ hěn bàng
  • You are so creative
    • 你很有创意 / 你很有創意
    • Nǐ hěn yǒu chuàngyì
  • You are enough
    • 你足够好 / 你足夠好
    • Nǐ zúgòu hǎo
  • You are awesome
    • 你太棒了
    • Nǐ tài bàngle
  • You are strong (physically)
    • 你很强壮
    • 你很強壯
    • Nǐ hěn qiángzhuàng
  • You are important
    • 你很重要
    • Nǐ hěn zhòngyào
  • You are honest
    • 你很诚实
    • 你很誠實
    • Nǐ hěn chéngshí

Printable bilingual Heart Attack Valentines and recommended supplies

Chinese and English positive affirmations free printable heart template

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Bilingual positive affirmation messages for kids | Heart Attack Valentine's Day idea in Chinese and English

Tips for making the most of bilingual Heart Attack Valentines

  • If you’re busy, just cut one heart at a time to spread out the work. Then surprise your kids with a new heart each morning before they wake up!
  • Put the heart valentines at eye level. If you have toddlers, this means putting the hearts at the bottom of the doors. (Yes, just like the way toddlers hang ornaments on a Christmas tree haha).
  • Invite your kids to decorate the hearts with drawings or stickers!
  • The hearts are intentionally large so that the words are more visible. If you live in a non-diverse area like ours, noticeable Chinese words are an important part of creating a print-rich environment, especially for the minority language. Since Chinese characters are much more complex than English words, big font helps each stroke stand out more.
  • If your kids can’t read Chinese or English yet, reading to them is a great way to model the power of decoding words. And if you can’t read Chinese fluently, I hope that the Zhuyin and Pinyin versions can help!
  • If you have time or the ability to write, skip our printables and leave love notes the old-fashioned way! Modeling handwriting is one of the most powerful ways to motivate our kids learn writing!
Heart valentine and red Chinese Lunar New Year Banner free printables
This year’s first “Heart Attack” Valentine with a Chinese banner.

Since Valentine’s Day is around the same time as Lunar New Year, we had our Chinese New Year banners up, too! Our doors have never been more festive! Whoooo!

Did you set up positive message Heart Attack valentines with your kids?

If you try this activity, please let us know in the comments below! What age(s) are your kid(s) and how did it go? We’d love to hear about your learning experience!

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7 Comments

  1. Hello Betty!
    Thank you so much for these pintables! Not sure if something didn’t load correctly on my end, but for the one that says “I am proud of you” in TC, with Zhuyin, the last two characters in Chinese are cut off when I load the file/link.
    Thank you for all of your hard work!

    1. Hi Alice! Thanks for letting me know – so sorry for the inconvenience. I just fixed the size of the font for that phrase in the Zhuyin version, and it should print properly now! I hope your kids love the messages! 🙂

  2. Hi Betty,

    Just want to say I love your blog and think you are doing such an amazing job raising your children multilingual and with a focus on Jesus. I am third generation Chinese American and non fluent and Am trying to foster a love of God and Chinese with my son and daughter. Keep up the amazing work mama.

    Kathy

  3. Hi Betty! Thank you so much for all the work you put into sharing printables, activities, and just general parenting reminders. I love how you’ve added Zhuyin with your traditional chinese printables! Thank you again!

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