For young childless couples, celebrating Valentine’s Day is a stress-free way to celebrate each other’s love. However, for those of us who have children, finding time for something even as simple as a romantic meal at home is hard, especially on a weekday when you’re at work and your kids come home from school in the afternoon.
If you do settle down to have a meal, if you have young kids, they may interrupt your dinner complaining of boredom or lack of attention. This is a nightmare for parents of all ages, as the last thing you want to hear is “Mom! Dad! I’m boooored!” before you even enjoy a Valentine’s kiss.
What parents do on Valentine’s Day often depends on their age, as well as the age of their kids. If they have young kids, the likelihood is that they won’t have the time to do much. On the other hand, parents with older kids who are in high school get a little more freedom to do something fun on February 14th.
If you’re a parent in your prime, you’ll be used to planning and/or attending parties for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and at the workplace just for adults, and know how to do it without it affecting your parenting duties. However, Valentine’s Day celebrations are a little different, as they only involve two people who usually share the same home with their kids.
Younger parents usually prefer to venture outside their home for a meal at a nice restaurant once the working day is done. Some younger couples also seem to buy each other expensive gifts such as gold jewelry. However, older couples from their mid-30’s onwards who’ve been together longer know and love each other enough that they don’t have to go the extra mile to make each other feel special.
Simple yet beautiful Valentine’s gifts are the preferred choice of parents in their prime. One of the most common is flowers, as they’re beautiful, fragrant and, with the right attention, can last for a long time.
If you’re struggling for gift ideas, it might be worth your while asking your kids for help. They might surprise you, as they know their parents better than their siblings, school friends or anyone else in their life. If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day meal at home, then getting your children involved in making it could be a great way for them to show their love.
Guest writer Phil works with flowers and enjoys a spot of football at the weekend. Happily married, he and his wife enjoy growing roses in their garden in Yorkshire.