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How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day As A New Parent

As a new parent, finding the time to celebrate Valentine’s Day is bound to be tough. Of course, it’s lovely to be surprised by gifts and romantic gestures, but when you’re a busy, tired new parent, it can be hard to find the time or energy. Here are some ideas to bring some romance to your day, even if you’re exhausted. 




Give Your Partner Time Off Vouchers

When you become parents, time becomes one of your most precious resources. Time can be the perfect gift. 

Whether you gift them a chance for a lie-in or a weekend afternoon off looking after the baby, you can give each other vouchers for some time off to enjoy old hobbies, see friends, or just sleep! Sometimes the best gift is to have some time to yourself. This might not seem very romantic, but you both probably need some rest and some breathing space. 

Spend Quality Time Together

This should be actual connection time, not watching TV or looking at your phones. This is harder to do than ever before, as we have so much information and entertainment available to us. However, if you’re busy or too tired, you don’t have to go out. You can celebrate Valentine’s Day at home as long as you’re together.

It can be hard to make conversation when you’re tired out from looking after the baby. Perhaps you could have dinner together and think of some questions that you could ask each other, that aren’t related to your children, such as:

  • What was the best thing that happened to you this week?
  • Where would you go on vacation if we won the lottery?
  • What do you think about what’s going on in the news? 

Speak Each Other’s Love Language

Forget about roses and try to think of what your partner would really like. It could be something big, like checking diamond prices for a custom piece of jewelry to mark your first Valentine’s Day as parents or something simple like a book you know they want to read. 

It doesn’t have to be a gift. Show your love with actions. This could be vacuuming, doing the ironing, or fixing that broken cupboard door that has been annoying them for months. It could be as simple as cleaning up and ordering a takeaway so nobody needs to cook. 

Write Love Notes

Find ways to show your appreciation of your partner through small notes on the bathroom mirror, or hidden in their car or lunchbox. 

Be Flexible With The Date

If you can’t find time to celebrate on 14th February, then choose another date and reimagine it’s Valentine’s Day. Sometimes there is too much pressure on one single day, and perhaps an ongoing show of connection and gratitude works better for you.

Broaden Your Definition

With older children, you can make Valentine’s cards for friends or family. The day isn’t just for couples. You can celebrate together as a family, and make new traditions now that you’re parents.

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