When it was just you and your partner, Valentine’s Day was all about having a night together. It was a special moment to spend with each other, knowing you could do whatever you wanted with your time. Now that you’ve thrown kids into the mix, romantic dinners and child-free nights can be hard to come by.
Instead of ringing up a babysitter at the last minute, this is the time to use this holiday of love as an opportunity. However you want to spend the day, there are many ways to celebrate it as a Millennial mom.
Book a Valentine’s Day pampering treatment with your best friends
Start Valentine’s Day with a fun twist by booking a pampering session with your closest friends. It can be a great way to relax and celebrate your friendship while all of you get a soothing facial or massage. Every mom deserves a little self-care and booking a pampering session can be a great way to feel rejuvenated again.
While at the spa, consider getting dolled up by receiving a blow-out and mani-pedis. You’ll be in good company with your friends, chatting about life and creating memorable moments with one another.
Participate In philanthropic activities with the family
For a truly heartwarming experience, consider volunteering to make Valentine’s Day more purposeful. This is a great chance to teach your kids about kindness and giving back. Plus, it can bring you and your significant other closer because when you work in service of others, it’s a good way to learn more about one another.
Around a quarter of people aged 25–44 gave back in some way in 2021. Some of the most common ways you can contribute to your community include:
- Helping at a local animal shelter.
- Collecting items for a food bank.
- Making cards and care packages for people in hospitals.
Spending the day giving back is a powerful way to show love in action. It’s also a lesson your kids will appreciate and a wonderful way to impact your community positively. Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day by spreading it to those who need it most.
Schedule me time or couple time
As a Millennial mom, you’re constantly busy, but scheduling for yourself or with your partner amidst family activities is important. Get some downtime by having a quiet hour with a book, a soothing bath or a solo walk. Or, you could spend time with your significant other by watching a new movie, cooking a meal together or playing a board game while sipping a special Valentine’s Day cocktail drink.
Get to crafting homemade cards or gifts
Crafting homemade items is a fun, creative activity that everyone can enjoy. Plus, you might be surprised to see what your kids come up with.
Start by gathering materials for the craft you want to create. One easy idea is love bugs — these cute little critters can include anything like googly eyes, colorful string, pipe cleaners and plastic cups. Let your children’s imaginations run wild, decorating as they see fit.
You could even make your cards using colored paper and glitter. Next, hand them out to family, friends and teachers. It’s a lovely way to teach your kids the importance of putting effort and value into something for someone else. Plus, family and friends will surely treasure these heartfelt, handmade creations.
Engage in random activities that spread kindness with your kids
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to commit random acts of kindness with your little ones. Make it fun and meaningful by brainstorming simple, kind things to do together. For instance, you could bake cookies and share them with neighbors. Or, you might clear their driveway if it’s covered in snow.
Another idea is leaving kind notes in library books or around your community. You could even compliment people or pay for a person’s order in the Starbucks drive-thru. While these actions are small, they can make a big difference and bring smiles to many faces. Doing these activities with your children teaches them the joy of giving and helps them become more empathetic as they grow older.
Plan a family date night
Grab the popcorn, cuddle up with a fuzzy blanket and get the household together for a family date night. Valentine’s Day is a chance to enjoy each other’s company and create lasting memories. You could enjoy a movie night with all your favorite snacks, collaborate on a special meal or play card games. Make the night all about being together and having fun — it’s a simple yet meaningful way to show love for everyone.
Self-love is a key part of celebrating Valentine’s Day because you have to cherish yourself, too. As a Millennial mom, you don’t have as much time to yourself as you used to. It’s important to take a step back from your busy schedule and focus on treating yourself.
Showing yourself love can be as simple as eating your favorite foods or enjoying a hobby. You could also take the time to reflect on your accomplishments and be more kind to yourself. Taking care of yourself is more than beneficial to you — it’s an opportunity to help you be the best version of yourself for your family.
Make Valentine’s Day fun for you and your family
Celebrating Valentine’s Day as a Millennial Mom is about balancing love for others with love for yourself. Whether crafting with your kids or enjoying a day out with friends, each activity brings everyone together. Enjoy this day with an open heart and make memories you’ll cherish forever.