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January 31, 2024
Hello Nalakai Families,
It's Anne here, and with Valentine's Day approaching, I want to share a topic close to my heart and crucial for us parents - balancing the act of parenting with keeping the romance alive. As a mother and the founder of Nalakai, I understand firsthand the juggling act of maintaining a romantic relationship while nurturing our little ones. So, let's dive into some thoughtful ways to keep the spark glowing this Valentine's Day, even amidst the beautiful chaos of parenting.
1.Start with Realistic Expectations: The first step to a fulfilling Valentine's Day is to set realistic expectations. Understand that it might not be a grand celebration like pre-parenting days, but it can still be special. It's about quality, not quantity.
2.Plan a Home Date Night: Once the kids are tucked in their Nalakai slings or nestled in bed, transform your living space into a romantic setting. A candlelit dinner, a favorite movie, or simply sharing a dessert can turn an ordinary evening into a memorable one.
3.Involve Your Kids in the Day: Make Valentine's Day a family affair during the day. You can involve the kids in crafting homemade gifts or cards, baking heart-shaped cookies, or simply talking about the importance of showing love and affection.
4.Take Turns for 'Me Time': Allow each other some alone time. One can go for a walk, enjoy a bath, or indulge in a hobby while the other watches the kids. Later, switch roles. This way, both partners get a breather and appreciate their time together more.
5.Share Love Notes or Letters: Sometimes, the simplest gestures are the most romantic. Write love notes or letters to each other. Share what you appreciate about your partner, reminisce about past Valentine’s Days, or express hopes for the future.
6.Create a Tradition: Start a Valentine's Day tradition that’s feasible with kids. It could be as simple as making a special breakfast together or taking a family photo every year.
7.Get Creative with Gifts: Gifts don’t always have to be elaborate. It could be a book, a playlist of favorite songs, or a promise to do a specific household chore for a week. The thoughtfulness counts.
8.Remember Physical Touch: Don’t underestimate the power of physical touch. Hugs, kisses, holding hands, or a back rub after a long day can strengthen your bond.
9.Scheduling Intimacy: While spontaneity is great, sometimes scheduling intimacy is necessary in the parenting phase. Plan ahead for some alone time, even if it means marking it on the calendar.
10.Reflect and Appreciate: End the day by reflecting on what you appreciate about each other. Acknowledge the effort it takes to balance parenting and romance, and express gratitude. Balancing romance and parenting is indeed a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity to grow stronger as a couple. This Valentine’s Day, let’s embrace the chaos, find joy in small moments, and remember that love is the undercurrent that sustains us through the journey of parenting.
Wishing you all a day filled with love, laughter, and memorable moments.
Warmly, Anne Ferris
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