OK, so I am not the most romantic of people and luckily I have married my equal in Chris. Valentine’s means nothing to us, an over-comericalised load of nonsense. We may go out for dinner at some point in the weeks either side but definitely not on the day due to the over inflated prices and ridiculous high expectation. Although a vegan hamper and personalised tube of Love Hearts from Swizzels suits me perfectly (sneaky sweet eating while the kids are at school!)
A trend with bloggers is to feature Valentine’s crafts for children. Now I personally think this is a bit weird and feel uncomfortable.
One day I would like them to find romantic love, a soul mate, the happiness that I have (love you, Chris!)
But not now.
They are kids and shouldn’t be sending cards to those in their class or their parents. It must be devastating to give or receive with no reciprocation. I don’t want my kids to make me a card. I don’t want a plethora of red hearts adorning some craft.
In fact, why do we even celebrate St Valentine’s Day at all?
According to legend St Valentine is actually several people: as a persecuted Christian he may have cured a blind woman and written ‘from your valentine on a note on the way to execution. He may have conducted weddngs for Christians. He may have given hearts to remind soldiers of God’s love as they prepared for battle.
I asked my fellow bloggers if I was lazy to not bother with Valentine’s Day and setting a bad example to my kids. Here is what they said:
Sarah www.boorooandtiggertoo.com We don’t tend to do much for Valentine’s Day other than a card and a supermarket meal deal. We chose to celebrate our wedding anniversary later in the year and ensure that the children get involved with that
Erica https://92three30.com/ I think it’s mostly an expensive consumer exercise, but despite that I think it’s worth making some sort of effort in the weeks close to the date. If nothing else the day itself makes you think about your relationship and the need to keep that alive and fresh, but also to appreciate each other. So I’d say use it as a prompt, but don’t go over the top.
Charlotte www.cupsofcharlotte.co.uk No, you’re showing your kids you don’t need just one day a year to show that you love you other half. We usually do a supermarket meal deal however he is away again this year
Mary https://over40andamumtoone.com I’ve never really bothered with it. I’d rather have flowers bought for me the next day when they aren’t a stupid price and the same for going out for a meal (not that we ever get to do that anyway). It was my Granddad’s birthday so I’d rather think of him on that day. I also don’t like the whole ‘how many cards did your kids get at school today’ thing
Caryl Ann http://crazytotsandme.com I don’t think it’s a must as valentines day is definitely overrated, but I do enjoy getting the children involved and doing some crafts with them to teach them about these days. As a parent, it’s up to you if you want to tell your child that you think it’s overrated or why you don’t tend to celebrate it. Something like, mummy and daddy both know how much we love eachother and we don’t need a specific day to show eachother etc.
Jenni www.thebearandthefox.com My husband and I don’t really do Valentines Day either, though sometimes the kids have made cards for their friends. In Finland, Valentine’s Day is a day of friendship, which I much prefer as a concept.
Beth Twinderelmo.co.uk I think it’s a personal choice and one not to get sucked into just because social media would make you believe you HAVE to do something. I say go with what you feel is right and what you want to do. My 11 year old has a girlfriend and wants to buy her a little present and that is his choice
Rebecca https://livingwithpeas.com We don’t bother with valentines either. You know that everywhere you go is going to be chocka and so much more expensive so it puts you off going out and you can have a nice evening at home planned for any day of the year!
I’ve shared valentines with my best friends etc before so I think it’s a nice time to celebrate the love you have for anyone, not just your romantic partner or spouse so if kids wanted to make a card to their friend etc i think it’s ok.
Samantha www.stressedmum.co.uk We don’t do Valentines Day either and prefer to do things throughout the year and not one day where we are expected too. We have friends who always make a big thing of Valentine Day so see if from both sides. Saying that we are going away for the weekend and enjoying some us time
Raimonda https://www.cosmomum.co.uk I think it’s a lovely day for young or new couples. Since I’ve been with my husband for a long time, for us, love day is everyday, not just on 14th of February. However, I like any excuse for celebration with my children and I’m sure we can incorporate Valentine’s Day too. We’ll be having heart shape pancakes and do some heart shape crafts. Just something easy but fun!
Katie www.mummysdiary.co.uk Myself and my husband don’t do valentines, Christmas is just for the kids and on birthdays may have a take away! I think as our children get older we will celebrate birthdays more. We do get them to make mummy/daddy a handmade card though and usually bake a cake
Tina www.thenearydiaries.com Me and hubby don’t do anything for vday we show eachother everyday that we love eachother and would rather spend the money on something else then a meal and we don’t want to force our kids into things they might feel uncomfortable doing so we are waiting till they ask
Vicki Blossomeducation.co.uk I think it’s more important that you instil into your children that love is something to show for one another every single day, not just one day of the year. Although Valentine’s Day can be a good excuse to go out for a meal, it’s the little things in life that reflect a partner’s love that mean far more