As stepmoms, we are all too familiar with rearranging our schedules. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, your custody arrangement might have you teetering between quality one-on-one time with your hubby or involving your stepkids. Instead of focusing on only the romantic aspect of this special holiday, involve the stepkids and make Valentine’s Day special as a blended family.
Society has told us that Valentine’s Day must be spent in the most ordinate and romantic ways. Nothing less than diamonds and surprises will suffice on this over-hyped day. Well, that’s simply not the case. You can make Valentine’s Day special with simple, but special gestures that show your husband and stepkids that you love and appreciate them. That’s the whole idea of the holiday, right?
When you have a blended family, you want to tread carefully when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Your stepkids may feel uncomfortable with the lovey-dovey aspect of the holiday. So, get a little creative this Valentine’s Day and do something outside of the box!
4 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Blended Family
1. Make a Valentine’s Day Breakfast or Dinner
Decorate the dining room and make something special to eat! Set the table with themed napkins and place settings, and put a Valentine’s Day card at each chair for each child. Write down a few special notes about how much you enjoy their company or your favorite thing about their personality.
Our family enjoys making breakfast for dinner on Valentine’s. Heart-shaped pancakes, waffles or a breakfast casserole are all great ideas for a Valentine’s Day dinner or breakfast. Lasagna Soup, Homemade Pizza and Spaghetti are also great ideas for a special dinner, too.
2. Spend Time Together as a Family
The idea of waiting for a table at a restaurant has never appealed to us on Valentine’s Day. It’s always so crowded and over-priced. We opt to spend this evening at home…with or without Nikolai.
Rent a couple movies that are family friendly but watch them together as a family. Order some pizzas, curl up on the couch and make it a fun evening. Pick up cupcakes for a special treat.
3. Drop Something Special Off at School
If you have little ones, make them feel special by dropping off something at the school. Call up the teacher or PTA president and get a schedule for special Valentine’s Day celebrations.
Then, pop in the classroom with cupcakes or special treats for the whole class. No matter what you bring, your stepkids will just feel special that they were part of your day, too.
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4. Make a Valentine’s Day Basket for the Kids
Everyone loves fun trinkets to open on any occasion. Make up a small Valentine’s Day basket for the kids filled with items they enjoy or will use. Beach towels, pajama sets, flip flops, pool toys, candy, fidget spinners are all fun ideas kids will love!
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Happy Valentine’s Day!