I love Valentine’s Day. I think of it as a whole season to celebrate the people I love and I delight in it. My house is awash with red hearts, pink hearts, purple hearts, and even rainbow hearts. With my two daughters, I have plastered nearly every flat space. It’s a love fest up in here.
How do you make your spouse feel special? You plan kid-free date nights, right? I want to propose to you that your kids deserve the same treatment. The best way to really make them feel special is to spend focused one-on-one time with each one. A special Valentine’s Day date will make your child think you’re the parent of the year! Here are some ideas for parent-child dates to plan this month.
At home dates:
- Go for a walk. It’s simple, but it allows ample time to chat. If your child is small, maybe he’ll even want to hold your hand.
- Play board games.Read her a story that she loves. Little House on the Prairie is a special favorite at my house.
- Have a tea party with real tea and fancy cups and saucers.
- Bake cookies together.
- Do a craft together. There are at least a hundred bazillion projects on Pinterest right now.
- Make her breakfast in bed and snuggle with her while she eats.
- Send him on a scavenger hunt.
Away from home dates:
- Go out for ice cream. Who cares that the temperature is cold enough to make ice cream on the sidewalk? Take your little sweetheart out for a cone or dish.
- Go to the bookstore and let her pick out a new book like Just In Case You Ever Wonder.
- Take him to Build-A-Bear Workshop and let him make a new friend.
- Go to the movies. This is actually one of my least favorite suggestions because there’s little time for chatting, but if your child is older or never gets to go to the movies, this might be a super special treat.
- Go bowling. Bonus points – get lunch at the bowling alley’s cafe.
- Go ice skating.
- Go to a museum that she’s interested in.
- Go out for a meal together. Let him choose the restaurant, and be excited even if he chooses McDonald’s.
- Eat lunch with her at school. Ask her first what she thinks of this. If she’s mortified at the idea, pick something else from the list.
- Go to the theater or see the ballet together. My 7-year-old is gaga for all things performance-related. I took her to a Christmas musical and out to lunch in December, and she thought I was the best. mom. ever.
- Paint your own pottery together.
- Go to the mall and give him a budget. Maybe it’s $20. Let him choose where and how to spend it.