Keeping it Real on Valentine’s Day

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday. Does it get any more unromantic? Who goes through the trouble of tracking down a sitter for a Monday date night?

Sure, Valentine’s Day is for lovers, but if you are a parent with young children, then you might find yourself sticking close to home on February 14th. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you have to throw romance out the window. There are ways you can keep the flames of passion burning on
Love Day even with the kids around. Here’s how:

Have a 10 o’clock tryst: Or 11 or midnight… or whenever the kids fall asleep. Have a late candlelight dinner, watch a romantic movie and cuddle the night away.

Dual dinners: Childhood experts will likely frown upon this idea, but why not host two Valentine’s Day dinners: one for you and your spouse and one for your kids. The former can be something as simple as Chinese take-out by candlelight in the dining room and the latter can be pizza for the kids in the family room with a Valentine’s Day movie playing. This way you and your love get some alone time and the kids score by being able to eat dinner in front of the TV and not have mom and dad nagging them to eat their broccoli.

Fancy family dinner: Instead of dealing with the drama of dining out with a gaggle of kids, why not cook a fancy dinner for the entire clan to enjoy. Use your good dishes, add fresh flowers to the table, and have everyone dress up. If you don’t feel like slaving away making a five-course meal, then order your family’s favorite take-out and celebrate Valentine’s Day in style by dimming the lights and eating by candlelight.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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