It may take a bit of extra effort, but you can bring a
sparkle to your partners' eye this February!
Organise a babysitter is the obvious solution. Then you can
have a night out like any other couple. Try family and
friends rather than teenage regulars as the teens may well
have their own plans! If a babysitter is unavailable on the
night, you could always choose your own Valentines Night a
few days before or after the 14th.
Given that Valentines Day is a Monday
this year, you may find that your children are at school all
day. Perhaps a long lunch and an afternoon off work is a
good alternative to dinner out at night.
Have dinner with the children as usual,
but plan a midnight supper after they have gone to bed. Set
out some chocolate coated strawberries or some oysters and a
nice bottle of wine and enjoy a candle light supper or even
spread it out on the back lawn.
Feed the children early so you can eat
alone by candle light a bit later. Of course, if your
children don't go to bed early or easily this could be a
problem. If this is the case, perhaps put them in front of a
video whilst the two of you have a quiet meal in another
Send a card or a surprise gift so your
partner will receive it when least expected. Maybe flowers
to the office or chocolates to home, or just a card in the
mail will make your Valentine feel special and remembered on
the day of lovers.
Keep in touch all day. Make phone
calls, email messages, SMS messages and even faxes so that
your partner hears from you repeatedly. Each message can
concentrate on a different aspect of your love for each
Choose a very special gift for your
partner. Even if you get no time alone, a gift shows your
love and makes the day different to the norm. The gift need
not be expensive as long as you have thought about it.
Take on your partner's normal chores
for the day. For instance, if she always cooks dinner buy
take away or cook for her and the kids on February 14th.
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
of Word Constructions. Tash is available to write articles and profiles for any
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