Valentine’s Day is the day for lovers and it can be hard to appreciate your significant other when you have children to show your love for too. The fun activities listed below will help you have your moment with your significant other, while telling your children that you love them.
Make Handmade Valentines
Handmade valentines are more endearing than the ones you can buy at the store. Making your significant other a special, handmade present for Valentine’s Day shows him or her that you care enough to take time and effort out of your schedule just for them. Asking your child to help make a valentine for their parent will create a special bond, they can keep the secret. As an alternative, helping your child make valentines for their class can foster that same bonding time without the risk. Better Home & Gardens has many ideas for valentines you can make.
Living Room Picnic
Collect takeout menus from your favorite restaurants and on Valentine’s Day evening, choose the one that best appeals to your family for dinner. While waiting for your dinner to arrive, decorate the living room. Push the furniture back, have the children hunt for a large blanket, and light candles. Make sure the candles are in a position that send cascading shadows along the wall to make it extra magical. One suggestion we have is to put the phones away! Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have billions of active users, so we know the temptation is there. If you would like to make this night memorable, make sure everyone is enjoying it together without any distractions. By the time you’ve picked a movie for your family to enjoy, your dinner should arrive. Give the person who delivered your food a good tip and put your dinner on the floor, turn on a movie, and enjoy a new family tradition in making.
Keeping the romance alive can be hard when you have children. However, everyone can feel the love with a fondue party. You can be sweet with each other, while your child indulges in chocolate dipped goodies. Whether you’d like to go all-out and do a cheese fondue dinner with a chocolatey dessert, or stick with the chocolate, the meal will not disappoint.
14 Acts of Love Countdown
Everyone likes a countdown. Most people associate advent calendars with Christmas, however, Valentine’s Day can use one too. From February first through the fourteenth, come up with small random acts of kindness your family can do together. You may want to plan according to your schedule. For example, plan easy one-hour things on days you have to work and leave the large, all-day plans for days your family has off together. Things acts of love can be just within your four walls, such as leaving notes for your family members, or helping make a meal together. Or you could do acts of love for your community, like cleaning up a neighborhood park or volunteering as a family. Makes and Takes has a wonderful tutorial to give you some ideas.
Love is contagious and it doesn’t have to be given exclusively in February. Incorporate the acts of love or a take-out picnic into your lives every month of the year to show your family how much you care about them.
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