If you’re a mom of littles who doesn’t usually do anything for Valentine’s Day, I’m going to go ahead and suggest that you give it a try this year. And I’m going to tell you why.
Let’s break this down:
When I was a kid, Valentine’s Day was great. Obviously, because it meant my parents bought me chocolate. High fives all around.
Then I reached adulthood, and suddenly I saw Valentine’s Day as this meaningless marketing holiday that just gave department stores an excuse to sell more ugly decorations and cheap junk food. Down with Valentine’s Day.
And then I started dating. POOF! Somehow (magically), my convictions about this “commercial holiday” disappeared, replaced by visions of fancy restaurants and our first Valentine’s Day as a couple. Aww.
Fast-forward to marriage, and Valentine’s Day was officially back to being obnoxious and terrible. I mean, I wasn’t going to be one of those high-maintenance wives who makes a big deal about things like this. I was going to be the “cool wife.” After all, we could celebrate each other any day, so we didn’t need a special day, right?
And then came children (aka, present day). Now, we really do need a special day just for us. With a baby and toddler running around, Valentine’s is awesome again, because it’s an excuse to get someone to watch our kids for a couple hours so we can get a break. And that, my friends, is what makes it worth celebrating.
Yes, you could do that any day…but do you? Or do you put it off, because you feel guilty spending the money to go out without a specific reason? Well, Valentine’s Day is your reason. Boom. Problem solved.
If your kids are little and your life is insane, consider selling out this Valentine’s Day. I mean, in a few years, when they’re older, you’ll probably be over it again. But right now, why not do yourself a favor and just embrace the opportunity to call a sitter, have a conversation without being interrupted every nine seconds–and most importantly, eat out and not have to do the dishes? I’ll take any chance I can get.
Happy Valentine’s Day.