People either love or hate Valentine’s Day. As a person who despises the color pink and anything frilly, it may surprise you to discover that I LOVE this sugary sweet Hallmark-hyped holiday.
However, this day of romance changes a bit come parenthood. No longer am I searching the aisles of Victoria’s Secret for the perfect lacy bra to entice my sweetie. I *am* however arguing with my 1st grader in the aisles of Target over the fact that he DOES NOT need Star Wars, Minecraft & Angry Birds valentines since he does not have 72 students in his class. One box will do just fine.
Instead of decorating funny & sweet “coupons” for my husband to “redeem” whenever the mood strikes him… I am wrestling to cut a hole into a “Valentine” shoe box that my kids have decorated while they yell, “DON’T MESS UP MY SPARKLE STICKERS!!”
There is no candlelight dinner with champagne and roses. Now I am (quietly) cursing Pinterest over my failed Hershey Kiss pipe cleaner rings or making some Valentine pancakes for the kids.
I love my life as a mom, and holidays are so much fun now that I get to enjoy them through the eyes of my children. But ladies… don’t forget your man. I get it, we are all busy. If you have time to bake cupcakes for your kids school Valentine’s party and pack up dozens of tiny envelopes for their class… then you can make some time to show your husband that you care.
Here are 10 quick and easy ideas to show your hubby some love this month:
- Sneak a sweet love note in his car.
- Text him reasons why you love him throughout the day.
- Make him a special lunch.
- Offer to give him a massage.
- Cook him his favorite dinner (or buy his favorite takeout, if you can’t cook, like me)
- Give him a hand-made card.
- Wear a dress or a top you know is his favorite.
- Take the kids somewhere so your hubby can take a nap, or watch one of his favorite movies… in peace. (sometimes when you are a busy parent, being left alone can be the most romantic gift EVER)
- Make him a little gift bag with some of his favorite things. (snacks he enjoys but rarely buys for himself, a nice bottle of alcohol, Starbucks gift card, etc)
- When the kids go to bed, put down your phone, turn off the TV, pour a glass of wine and catch up with each other!
Involve your kids, too. Bring out old pictures from when you guys met and explain where it was, how old you were, etc. During dinner tell stories of vacations you took together or the first time he met your parents or vice-versa. The kids will love hearing them and seeing pictures of you from years ago.
Life with kids is an amazing and beautiful blessing… but don’t forget about the one person you decided to take that journey with. Take a moment this month to remember how things were before you & your love became “mom & dad.”