Friday, February 12, 2010

Survive Valentine's Day as a Single Parent

Each year, Valentine's Day seems to become even more commercialized. From heart-shaped candy boxes to jewelry ads, it's easy to believe that everyone around you has found true love.

The key to surviving this holiday, though, is to look beyond all that and redefine Valentine's Day in a way that is meaningful for you.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Celebrate Each Child's Uniqueness

Of course we tell our kids that we love them, but do we tell them that we notice them? Think of some of the unique talents and qualities you observe in each of your children and use the occasion of Valentine's Day to celebrate how they've grown. After all, part of loving someone is really knowing who they are on the inside, so make this holiday an opportunity to share the gifts you see developing in each of your children.

2. Make a special Valentine's day dessert.
I grew up associating baking with a sign of love, and I still like to make something special for my kids on Valentine's Day. This year, we're going to make heart-shaped cookies. Basically, almost any dessert can be tailor-made to celebrate Valentine's Day just by using a heart-shapes. So whether you consider yourself a novice or a pro, consider celebrating Valentine's Day with something sweet to eat.

3. Do something creative.

Instead of purchasing Valentine's Day cards for one another, take the time to make your own homemade cards. This is a great gift idea for grandparents, teachers, and baby sitters and for each other.

4. Get Together with friends.

Most of the holidays throughout the year are times we spend with family members. Make Valentine's Day the holiday you celebrate with the friends who've supported and encouraged you throughout the year. Pick a time close to Valentine's Day and gather your friends together. Honor each guest with a special card and share why they have become so important to you.

5. Remember the Forgotten

Do something different and unexpected. Go to the dollar store and purchase valentines for a local nursing home,. As alone as you may feel during the Valentine season, there are always people who feel worse. Thinking of them before yourself can help you to not only survive Valentine's Day, but make it an occasion of hope and celebration.


Shannon said...

I like those. Richard & I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day, it's just another day to us. It's fun for kids though. :D

Alice said...

Shannon, I am going to get the stuff we need to make the sucker flowers with our Sunday school kids. :)