Growing up, Valentine’s day can be filled with a sense of wonder and excitement. As each year passes you get a selection of Valentines from your classmates decked out with cartoon characters, a nice box of chocolates from your first crush—or maybe a gift or two from your family.
But as an adult—and a parent on top of that—you may have all but given up on celebrating Valentine’s Day with your partner because of all the expectations and planning that can come with it. Not only do you have to find a restaurant, hotel, or activity within your price range, but what do you do with the kid(s)?
All of this may push some parents to say “Forget it. Let’s just stay in,” but does having kids mean you no longer take time alone with your partner? We don’t think so.
Although these days Valentine’s Day is often just viewed as an excuse for businesses to deck out their products with hearts and cupids and jack up their prices, the day itself actually has historical significance that may help remind you why it’s important to celebrate, and why planning ahead by using babysitting services might just be the best way to honour your relationship and take care of your kids.