Our Valentine’s Day celebration with younger kids is considerably different than when you celebrate it pre-kids. Long gone are the days of buying each other something expensive (because now that money can be better spent), no more getting all dolled up for a date night (Being showered is a victory, especially when you have really young kiddos) and no more dining at fancy restaurants that you have to reserve a month before the date (although I don;t think I have ever eaten anywhere that fancy). Now your Valentine’s Day date night involves dining in or going out to a family friendly restaurant because your kiddos are in tow.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining. I honestly have no desire to go out on a night that no matter where we end up will most likely be too crowded. I am not concerned about gifts because we give each other gifts throughout the year (and now that we’re married, the money comes from our account. So, expensive gifts mean I have less money) and most importantly, I love sharing these moments with my kiddos.

Valentine's Day 2014 Family Colllage - TM2S

Before I know it, our kiddos will be off doing their own thing on Valentine’s Day. Plus, do you know how difficult (and expensive) it is to get a baby sitter on Valentine’s Day? I’d rather wait and celebrate another day.

I try to make our family Valentine’s Day celebrations as special as possible. Last night we ordered Chinese Food, I had everyone go to their rooms while I set up the table with decorations and Goodies (most of which I purchased at the Dollar Store), we ate the brownies and chocolate covered strawberries I made for dessert and then we had a little dance party. It was a great evening filled with special memories.

Valentine's Day 2014 Colllage - TM2S

Want some alone time with your spouse? Be sure to get your kids very tired so that they are exhausted earlier than normal. Put them to bed early and enjoy the rest of the evening with your honey. Ladies, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to get your man to watch that chick flick they would normally never watch.

What do you do for Valentine’s Day when you have young kids? I’d love to hear about it. No matter what you did, I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!!!