Valentine’s Day

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In some ways I feel like I’ve traded Valentine’s Day in for Mother’s day. This will be my fifth Valentine’s day as a parent, so I’m pretty much totally to terms with the fact this day doesn’t really mean much anymore, we are too busy, tired or I didn’t even notice the last one as it passed by (possibly because I was 37 weeks pregnant at the time.)

Honestly, with two little kids, I don’t really have the desire to muster the energy to organise a sitter, get prettied up and go out of the house on a date on a Thursday night. But I do feel the urge to do something, to try to make it a special day again.


So, I’m trying to brainstorm some “sitter free” date ideas. Things we could do as a family, or a couple, that won’t actually require the pain of asking or paying someone else to come babysit our kids.

The most obvious thing to me would be DVDs  maybe something wine and cheese to snack on, snuggles on the couch. But the problem with that is lately the kids have been up at night till 8-9 pm, even last night baby didn’t go down until after 9 pm.  I just think using sleep as a sitter would probably just add stress to the situation and they’ll probably stay up even later.

We could go for a stroll in the evening, or an early dinner picnic at the park.

And I certainly wouldn’t complain if he walked in the door with flowers and chocolates. *hint hint*

What are you doing for Valentine’s day? Or what would be your ideal Valentine’s day plans – even if it’s not realistic? Or do you just give this day of romance a miss?

Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner. Rachel is obsessed prams, car seats, carriers and all things baby. She has worked in the baby industry for several years, for both suppliers and also in a retail setting and has developed a passion for connecting parents with the right products to make their lives easier. When Rachel isn't playing with prams she's enjoys crocheting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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