Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful time to be romantic with your partner and celebrate each other and your love. But, I know finding that special time as a parent can be difficult.
Celebrate Your Spouse Year Round
With kids especially, it’s hard to justify the time and the expenses that come with Valentine’s Day and date nights in general, but it’s so important to your relationship with your spouse.
And don’t just celebrate your partner one day a year! Valentine’s Day is great, but spend quality time with your spouse outside of the holiday.
My rule of thumb:
Date night= once a week
Weekend getaway= once a month
Long trip= once a year
I know it’s hard to justify time away from your kids and the expenses of going on trips alone, but don’t think of it as a burden, think of it as relationship self-care. Just like with self-care you do to recharge your body and mental health, spending quality alone time with your partner recharges your relationship. I love my kids and I get anxiety leaving them for a little bit, but reconnecting with my husband on these trips is so important for us and it makes me appreciate and love our marriage even more.
Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas
Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, here are some parent friendly ideas:
Kid Swap for date night: IF you have friends with kids as well, a cheap idea is kid swapping. Talk with your friends and decide who will get the kids on Valentine’s Day and who will get the kids the day before or day after Valentine’s Day. One of you won’t go out on Valentine’s Day, but going out together before or after Valentine’s Day is just as fun! Then on your day, drop your kids off with the friends and go have a great date night. It’s great because it’s free and you get to spend alone time with your spouse.
Day or Night Date: If you don’t want to keep your little ones out of some Valentine’s Day lovin’, do something fun with the family during the day and that night get a baby sitter or family member to watch the kids while you and you partner go on a date. Or, do something with your partner during the day while your kids are with friends/sitter and do something fun as a family that night. It’s still important to spend time alone with your partner, but if family time on this loving day is also important for you, make time for both!
If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do: Find things to do that incorporate what you two love. If you both love books, go to a bookstore and wander around, if you both love animals go to an animal shelter and love on some puppies, or if you love adventure find a place to hike and have a picnic. Or do something that you two used to do before you had kids. My husband and I used to find and try new foods at the grocery store before we had our kids, just as a cheap adventure because we were broke. We aren’t broke college kids anymore, but we still love to do it every once and a while. A “date” doesn’t have to mean movies and dinner every time!
The sky’s the limit with fun and romantic ideas for date night, and when you do what you and your partner love, you can’t go wrong!
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