Valentine’s Day is a day that many show their love for their loved one….Or if you are keen on someone you show them how you feel.

As parents it is vital to show kids that you value each other and your relationship.  Spending time with your partner and showing the kids that you love each other is good for all.

Children who see their parents kiss, cuddle and make time for each other are investing well in their relationship and helping their children see what a good relationship is and how to keep it going.

A little history about Valentine’s Day

“Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early saints named Valentinus.”  (Wikipedia)

We have Geoffrey Chaucer to thank for our current celebration of Valentine’s Day.  Apparently in the 14th century is when courtly love flourished, and men brought gifts of flowers, chocolates and cards to show their affection to their sweethearts. This tradition of giving gifts to your beloved took off in a huge way in the 18th century.

The commercialisation of Valentine’s Day has gone mad. Stores sell stuffed teddies, chocolates, cups, plates, clothes, flowers, and so many other things that you might have never thought would be associated with Valentine’s but hey you can’t blame businesses for trying to cash in on a very busy day of the year.

I really think that it is best to not buy into the all the hype and just do something that re-invests in your relationship.   

Doing something simple to show the person you care is all you really need to do.

So why does it take one day during a whole year to show how you really feel? 

Why can’t people show their adoration for their special someone all year and not just one day?

Making time for you is important and also spending quality time with your hubby/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend is essential. You can finally order food that you want, and finally have conversations that doesn’t involve telling the kids every 2 seconds to be quiet and to sit down.

Investing in your relationship is a not a one-day thing.   You need to work at your relationship all year.

Some things that you can do to help:

 

  • Make time to have a date night or a day out
  • Try and say nice things to each other
  • Do nice things for each other
  • Help each other out
  • Appreciate each other
  • Buy thoughtful gifts that is what the person is really wanting (I know this is hard, if you don’t know just ask and maybe a dinner out and then saying that you can buy whatever in the next month or so)
  • Spend quality time with the family if you have kids… show that you are helping out and one person is not always looking after the house and kids
  • Invest in a weekend away without kids or take a family holiday

This year for Valentine’s hubby and I have planned to go out to dinner. We haven’t been out in ages, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Maybe if you are a wonderful partner you could whisk your Valentine away for a magical holiday? This would be amazing…I’m putting this out there for anyone that needs to romance their overworked wife and mother of their children.

So, everyone, be nice, create a date night, be loving all year and not just for one day, and embrace the goodness.

Do you find that everyone puts so much importance on just one day?

We need to be more focused on how we treat people all year.

A yearly campaign to invest in love is needed, and it will be called “Your Devoted Year”

Are you with me? Are you doing something fabulous or fun for Valentine’s?

Make sure to do more during the year, your relationship will thank you.

 

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