With Valentine’s Day coming up, we all could use a little Eros in our lives. But finding the sizzle when you’re new parents isn’t as easy as dimming the lights, playing some Barry White and popping a bottle of Pinot Grigio.
A parent’s busy and active lifestyle likely puts romantic date nights at the bottom of the priority list, let alone Valentine’s Day. The simple solution is to book a babysitter or get your mother-in-law to come over to watch the kids and go out as a couple. But if the babysitter is booked and your mother-in-law is busy, here are some easy ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day as new parents at home.
Leave little notes around the house for your loved one to find. Nothing says love and romance more than a handwritten love letter, card or even a text. Leave some loving words to your partner, and let them know how much you appreciate everything they do for your family.
It just so happens that baby may be colicky, sick, or plain fussy on Valentine’s Day. Don’t be bummed that you won’t be able to enjoy some romance on V-day; adulting means sometimes you need to give a raincheck. Make love coupons for future use and redeemable any time, like cleaning up the kitchen, doing laundry, a nice massage, or a walk around your favourite park.
Watch a movie
After the kids are in bed, spend some time just snuggling together, watching your favourite romantic comedy, and if the mood is right and you haven’t fallen asleep on the couch, take things to the bedroom.
Plan a romantic picnic in the middle of your living room floor. Lay out a blanket, feed your partner some cheese and grapes, and share a bottle of wine. Don’t forget to turn on the fireplace and play some soft, sensual music.
If you can manage to sneak away during the day, meet up at the bookstore and pick out a steamy romance novel or Kama Sutra book and take it home with you to read together in bed later on.
You don’t have to go all out to enjoy some romantic time with your partner. All it takes is a little effort and some creativity to ignite the passion in your relationship! Happy Valentine’s Day!
By Maria Lianos-Carbone
Maria Lianos-Carbone is the publisher of www.amotherworld.com, and author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year” hits the shelves on March 1, 2018, and is now available for pre-order on Chapters-Indigo and Amazon.ca. Find Maria on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.