Trying to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a single parent, sounds silly. Isn’t this a day for lovers?
Besides as a single parent, it can be easy to get bogged down in the all the negativity. It often feels as though you are fighting an uphill battle. And maybe you are.
Who has time for Valentine’s Day as a single parent? Well, your child does, actually.
And as much as you may not even want Valentine’s Day to exist, it’s actually a pretty awesome day to celebrate your love for your child.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day as a Single Parent ~ Making it Special for your Child
Start the day with a special breakfast
If you are an early riser and love to cook then go all out! If you aren’t one to bake or cook…keep it simple. Buy cinnamon rolls and then pipe red icing hearts on them for a surprise when your child wakes up for breakfast. If cinnamon rolls don’t happen very often in your house this can be a real treat!
I’m not sure at what age kids get tired of these. I’ve been doing scavenger hunts for years with my kids and they still get excited. This one is a good one to get your child started. This scavenger hunt has your child looking around for red things or hearts. It buys you time to drink some coffee or prepare for #3 below…
Make it a game to find their present
Send your child on another hunt to find their present. This one takes some preparation beforehand. You need to leave clues in each area until they find the present. Something like this:
- (Hand them this clue) Your first clue is where I lay my head.
- (Put this clue under your pillow) Your next clue is where the dirty clothes are
- (Put this clue in the washing machine) Your next clue is where your snow boots belong
- (Put this clue in the closet) Your next clue is where we get clean
- (Put this clue in the bath) Your next clue is where I sit to eat dinner
- (Put this clue on the kitchen chair) Your next clue is where your clean socks go
- (Put this clue in the dresser) Your present is where a cooked turkey would be
As you can tell, I really do not use my oven! I also keep the gifts pretty simple. That particular year was some funny Unicorn Farts, a favorite card game for the family, SkipBo, and a cup full of candy and Valentine’s Day Coupons, below.
Give them a letter and/or valentines coupons
A perfect no-cost gift is valentines coupons. Grab yours below in the resource library. They are all blank so you can personalize them yourself!
Depending on your budget here are some ideas:
- Bike Ride
- Favorite Fast Restaurant
- Dinner Date
- Doughnuts before school
- Ice cream cone
- Stay up 30 minutes past bedtime
- Extra 30 minutes on iPad
- Board game of your choice
Another special idea is to write them a yearly letter. You can hang it up for them or save it for them. Or on nice cardstock using the alphabet write a word that describes your child for each letter of the alphabet. This can be special for children. The following year for Mother’s Day, my children made me the same gift.
Valentines Day is the best holiday to play Minute to Win it games. The candy is so cheap so you can buy a few bags that you don’t mind throwing on the floor and tossing. A quick search on Pinterest gives so many ideas, or follow my Valentines Board! Also check out some tried and true games here. This is a great way to extend the day and fun.
Mastering Valentine’s Day as a Single Parent ~ and All Celebrations
When Valentines Day falls on a day that you don’t have the kids or even a school day, no worries. At this point, Valentine’s Day as a single parent is just one holiday you’ll probably have to face. You have to become flexible celebrating any and all holidays on different days. Or a master of shortened versions. Whatever you do, don’t skip it!
I’ve found focusing on all celebrations (big and small) with my children keeps my mind busy. Even when I’m not with my kids, just preparing for these fun celebrations helps!
After one year of celebrating Valentine’s Day as a single parent and focusing solely on your children, I don’t’ think you’ll want to do it any other way! Besides the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is about love for mankind, not about romantic love.