Remember when you were younger or without kids and those spur of the moment date nights were so easy and fun? Remember when you had the energy to actually go out? Well, we know you’re tired now and going out isn’t the easiest, much less spontaneity! But before you get too discouraged, we want you to know that there are ways to kindle the romance in your marriage and still have some romance whenever you want, but also on Valentine’s Day.
Of course, some of these ideas will take planning, but you still have time and the preparations are simple.
Call in the Reserves
This isn’t an option for everyone but it is one to consider. Depending on your child or children’s ages and needs, you might want to ask for help. A good friend, your parent or sibling may not be planning to do anything for V day and may love spending time with or even the night with your angels! So don’t be afraid to ask. The worst that can happen is that they say no, right?
And if they say no, there are plenty of ways to make the best of it. We are a family owned business with many children between us and we feel we’ve mastered these date night challenges. So of course, we want to share the secret recipes to date nights for parents!
Have an Indoor Picnic
No matter where you live, this is a fun one. For most of you, the weather wouldn’t invite you out anyway in February so why not picnic indoors where it’s warm! Your night can be made very special when you make a special meal, and roll out a blanket on the living room floor after baby goes to bed. Maybe in from of a fire? Cook (or order in) your favorite meal, turn on some mood music, light some candles and pour some wine. Even though you’re hanging out at home instead of hitting the town, an indoor picnic can feel really special and intimate.
Plan a Staycation
This one’s good, because you can make it last a few days and is perfect for the families not ready to leave babies overnight! One way to do it, is to leave little ones with caregivers for a couple hours - 3 days in a row! Or do the same thing but with the picnic mentioned above… do it 3 days in a row with food from different countries, with a different movie each night or by taking turns each day giving massages! Regardless, have chocolate or a cake nearby for your sweeter side!
We’ve always loved this. It’s especially great if you’re both competitive, athletic or just love a good laugh. Order some pizza, put the littles to bed and break out the board games or the Wii. There’s no babysitter required for this one either, so break free and have fun!
If you’re known to friends as the adventurous couple, but haven’t really been out much since baby was born, try out a day hike. This is a great daytime date — you can leave baby with a sitter for a few hours and explore the great outdoors together. An added bonus: You’ll get some exercise in, which is great for your health and mood! Pack a picnic to enjoy when you get to a nice spot with great views. Also a great activity if you choose the staycation route.
As you can see, there are plenty of fun ways to still enjoy each other. We gave you the insider tips on how to have fun, but you’ll have to come up with the romance on your own!
And remember, nothing says romance quite like chocolate. So if you’re not sure what you want and don’t want the hassle of baking, let Ontario Bakery do it for you. We’ll custom bake according to your occasion and craving. Call us today and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!