By Alex Temblador
Celebrating Valentine’s Day used to be easier when it was just the two of you, but now that you have kids… it can sometimes be hard to find time to be romantic with one another. So what do parents do on the one day of the year that’s all about love? We’ve got some ideas for you!
- Breakfast in Bed (with some munchkin help!)
Want to wake up early to surprise your partner with breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day? This may be easier said than done except when you have kids who like to wake up before their parents, run into their rooms, and jump on the bed to wake you up. So what do you do to make this Valentine’s Day special? Have your little ones help you make breakfast! Wake up early, creep into their room, and wake your children up first. Then tell them of your plan to make a romantic breakfast and watch how helpful they can be!
Have them be on the watch for mom or dad not waking up and ruining the surprise. Or let them assist with mixing the pancake batter or placing the biscuits on the baking pan!
Here are a few Valentine’s Day themed breakfast ideas that will put the true touch of love into breakfast!
- Romantic Dinner (once the kids are asleep)
Want some alone time with your one love? Make the kids an early meal and then while one puts the children to sleep, the other can get the grill going, throw some steaks or fish (go all out!), and start preparing a romantic late night dinner for the two of you.
You can have a low-key, romantic dinner at home for Valentine’s Day!
Throw a picnic blanket on the living room floor or have a candlelight meal on your back porch. Go all out with the good china, some tasty wine or local brew, and a fancy desert you picked up from the store that morning. Make it a night you’ll both remember.
- Homemade Valentine’s Day cards (and let your kids join in on the fun)
Homemade Valentine’s Day gifts are the best, but with taking care of the kids and trying to hide it from your partner, this could prove to be difficult. So have your children join in! Grab some crafts, papers, and crayons and encourage your children to make Valentine’s Day cards for their siblings, parents, favorite teacher, or grandparents, while you take time to make that homemade card and gift for your lover.
- A Quiet Time Valentine’s Day Gift
As parents, there’s never a quiet moment when you have kids. So why not give the gift of “quiet time” to your spouse or partner for Valentine’s Day? Give your partner a gift card to the spa while you take the kids to the park. Or perhaps just allow them the freedom and solitude of an empty house, a bubble bath, and their favorite book while you take the kids to a movie? You’ll win brownie points for an awesome gift, plus their appreciation later.
- Baking with Love (as a family)
Sometimes it’s just nice to have a Valentine’s Day tradition that involves the whole family and a good way to do that is by baking. Grab some sugar cookie dough (or make your own), red and pink frosting, sprinkles, and heart cut outs and bring the whole family in the kitchen. While your kids are diligently decorating their cookies with an overflow of red sprinkles and the gulping a glass of milk, be playful with your spouse. A small food fight? A loving message on a large heart cookie? Get creative!
- Special outing for the two of you…
Sometimes parents just need time to themselves and it’s safe to say that Valentine’s Day is that one day of the year that you should treat yourselves. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, spend the morning with your children and then plan an outing for just the two of you that evening! Or vice versa!
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Just because you have children, doesn’t mean you can’t have an all-out romantic Valentine’s Day! And if you need any ideas on how to do that, check out our Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board!