It is oh so easy to get caught up in schedules and details of daily life when you’re a parent, but remembering you are still a couple who can enjoy their private time together is essential. As Valentine’s Day fast approaches it brings many over the top date or gift ideas to the forefront, but who really needs all of that jazz when you’re in love and your biggest gift is your life together? Besides what parent of a young child really has time for all that. Last year my son was about 5 months old around Valentine’s Day and my husband and I secretly made each other Valentine’s Day cards, we put our little one to bed, ordered from our favorite restaurant and just enjoyed the quite evening. It was wonderful and we enjoyed every minute of it. Though, this year just to switch it up we will venture out into the real world and have a low-key date night.
Here are some great tips to celebrate your marriage:
If you have a reliable nanny or sitter, make dinner plans to a restaurant of your choice either the day before or after Valentine’s Day. What can be any less romantic than going to an overcrowded, noisy, overpriced restaurant the day of?
Take the time to reflect on your relationship and express your love to each other through handwritten letters or through a sincere videotext or e-mail instead of buying cards.
Revisit the first place you met or your old favorite date spot. The nostalgia will spark former feelings and remind you of how far you’ve come as a couple and as parents.
Dress up a little. Putting a nice outfit on can do wonders for how you feel about yourself.
Help each other out while doing your daily routine at home. Such as, someone washes the dishes, while the other person dries them. Even though you’re doing a boring activity the act of being together and helping each other can be romantic and evoke good conversation.
Don’t forget that out of all of the people in the world you chose to be with each other and that’s pretty flattering. Don’t forget the person you fell in love with.