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So what if I'm single on Valentine's Day!
As a newly single mom on Valentine’s day, it can bring out all sorts of feelings. It’s normal to dread the holiday because you might be feeling sad, angry, lonely, or all three. It probably going to sucks because it’s hard to avoid it as it will be all over your face since it’s highly commercialized. Although you’re dreading Valentine’s Day, there’s no reason not to celebrate with the people you love the most, your kids, the loves of your life with these family Valentine’s Day ideas.
This time around, Valentine’s day may look and feel different. There’s nothing quite like COVID-19 to kill the love mood in the air.
There is good news, though. While things may look and feel different this year, there are still plenty of ways to make Valentine’s Day special for your partner, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife, or even someone you’re not dating…yet. (Most of the creative ideas on this list can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home, while the public events have new safety protocols in place—but check the social distance guidelines before booking
Family Valentine's Day ideas as a Newly Single Mom?
#1 Do something Different
Go all out for the people you love more than anything in this world, your KIDS! After you see the outcome of planning a special Valentine’s Day for your little ones you will never dread that holiday again. You’ll enjoy planning these Valentine’s Day activities with your kids in which you will have so much fun. Trust me moms, you’ll look forward every Valentine’s Day just like every other Holiday. So if you’re feeling all kinds of ways, just take a look at your kids smile and celebrate with them. Your priority is to make sure your kids are happy and feels loved. Separation can have quite an impact on them and it is our job to make sure the transition goes smoothly.
#2 Hit Your Local Dollar Tree
For any holiday, my fists stop is Dollar Tree. They have the cutest and adorable decorations, candies, favor boxes, arts, crafts, goodie bags, and much more for every Holiday. With just a few $1 items from Dollar Tree, you can create fun Valentine’s, crafts, and treat bags for your kids and classmates. All the cute crafts you’ll find at Dollar Tree, and all budget-friendly items are perfect for combining sweets with treats for a fun gift that your kids would love and appreciate.
#3 Shower your kids with LOTS OF LOVE!
Whether you’re going through a divorce or a separation and is not an amicable one believe me KIDS will sense the tension. As a mom, that’s something you don’t want your kids to feel or see. That’s why you have to make this and every valentine’s day special and shower them with lots of LOVE. Start your morning feeling positive with a huge smile and prepare an amazing breakfast for your kids. Decorate the kitchen table with cute and adorable hearts, heart-shaped donuts, pancakes, croissants with a traditional breakfast. They will be so surprised once they are up still yawning, rubbing their little adorable eyes, and see all the goodies you set at the table for them. The key is to show them love and assure them everything is going to be ok despite the separation between mom and dad. No matter how tough it will be, your kids come first.
#4 Treat Bag for Kids
Putting together Valentine’s Day Treat bags is always FUN! I personally put together a treat bag for my kiddo and when he was in kindergarten I would make goodies treat bags for his classmates. Gather all your adorable heart candies and put together an extra special treat bag for your kids, with a small heart shape chocolate box, teddy bear, and whatever other goodies you want to add to the bag. Once they open the goodie bag the big smile they will have on their face will be priceless.
#5 Arts & Crafts
Download Valentine’s Day printable worksheets here. Crayola has a ton of activities that can be downloaded or purchased. When I started doing Lap books with my son, I downloaded all their printable to create crafts. Create Valentine’s Day card with an art kit. Art kits are amazing for kids so they can create all kinds of arts and crafts for any occasion.
#6 Kids Outdoor Activities
Depending on your budget and where you live, wether is cold or warm here are some other Valentine’s Day activities to do with the kids;
- Check listing for recently released movies and have a movie date night with the kids.
- Check out your local ice skating rink or sledding and make it a family outing.
- Have a picnic in a nice park.
- Go out to eat at a restaurant.
- Go for Ice creams.
* During normal times, this was something that was not an issue, but with COVID-19 still lurking on us, we have to change a few things. If you have a back yard and the weather permits it, plan a picnic. However, if the weather is not on your side, take the picnic indoors to your home with some ice cream treats.
Bake Valentine’s cookie, cupcakes or brownies. With all kind of frosting and sprinkles. You can have you little one help you in baling Valentine’s Day goodies.
#8 Indoor Activities
If Valentine’s Day falls on a school night and going out is not an option or your thing;
- Make it a pajama movie night.
- Set up a family game night.
- Enjoy an evening of karaoke
If you’re hanging solo check out some ideas here.
It won’t be the same as when you were in a relationship, roses, chocolates, and dinner. But I can guarantee it will be amazing when you look into your kid’s eyes and see their excitement as you show them what Valentine’s Day is all about. Trust me you will never dread Valentine’s Day ever again. Remember these things happen for a reason and the reasoning for the separation, just know you are not alone. It is great to be in a relationship with a good partner, but no relationship is much better than a toxic and unhealthy one. If there are kids in the middle, your priority is to make sure your kids are good physically and mentally. Your main goal is that your kids feel loved now more than anything.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Let me know you spent Valentine’s Day as a Single mom. What did you do? I love to hear all about it.