Valentine’s Day isn’t the easiest holiday when you’re single. As a single parent, it can be even worse. Not only do you not have a partner to share the sappiness of the day with, but the entirety of the kids’ Valentine’s crafts falls squarely on your shoulders.
So if you’re like me and trying to find ways to survive the holiday while also making it special for both you and your kids, here are six ideas I love:
Head to the Craft Store with Your Kids: Pop in to Hobby Lobby or a local craft store and gather supplies for Valentine’s Day boxes! First, my children and I sit together and determine what our box is going to be themed. Then, we head to clearance aisle (single parent on a budget!) and start the hunt for goodies to decorate our boxes.
Be a Valentine Fairy: In my house, we have all kinds of fairies from the “Birthday Fairy” to the “Valentine Fairy.” Rest easy, the fairy is very clever with her “clearance” shopping! The smiles and facial expressions from my kids are worth the effort.
Help Your Children Serve You Well: If you are like me, I LOVE coffee. And, my children love to make it for me – especially on special days like Valentine’s Day. However, unless I put the beans in the filter myself, let’s just say it can turn out *a little* stronger than I like. If it’s set up ahead of time, the kids can feel good about bringing you coffee in bed. So set up the your coffee maker ahead of time or get things ready for however they want to serve you that day. They’ll feel proud, and you’ll feel blessed. (And have less of a mess to clean up later.)
Be Honest with Your Friends: Tell them it’s Valentine’s Day! I’m single/don’t forget me/send me a card/send me flowers/sent me cookies (Tiff’s Treats in Austin…just sayin’). Tell your best friend you need them this Valentine’s Day.
Surprise a Colleague: They may need a valentine, too! The best gift is to give a gift to someone else. Make a card. Grab a coffee gift certificate. Buy a box of chocolates. No name, just “Happy Valentine’s Day!” from the Valentine Fairy. (See #2.)
Get up Get Up Get Up: Valentine’s Day can be a difficult day. God wants you to get up! Look at the sun. Dance in the rain. Enjoy the day!
Believe me, Valentine’s Day is one of the worst days for me. Working in radio for over twenty-five years, I can’t tell you how many times I have watched the flower arrangements, boxes of cookies, and singing telegrams (yes, that still happens) arrive for everybody but me. Standing there, I’m the one without any material gifts.
This verse was given to me last year on Valentine’s Day:
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.” -Song of Solomon 8:6
Material gifts are just that…material. Chocolate is eaten, flowers die, and treasures of this world fade. As Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Take a little time for self-care this Valentine’s Day! You deserve it.