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Do You Celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Couple or a Family?

Laurie Frankel

Remember pre-kids when Valentine’s Day was SUCH. A. BIG. DEAL? When it was all about you and your partner and some really elaborate romantic plans? As a parent of young kids, it actually feels freeing to not get sucked into the hype (and the spending) of Valentine’s Day, from the stress of finding a sitter on such a popular night to forcing romance on a seemingly arbitrary holiday. And apparently, I’m not alone: recently did a Date Night survey which found that the majority of parents who responded said that they would rather stay in with their entire family than go out with just their spouse or partner. And a measly 5% of respondents feel that Valentine’s Day is the most important occasion to celebrate with a date night out—as opposed to 80% who felt that way about an anniversary.
Plus: Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes for Kids

If you’re planning to celebrate V-day with your fam, we’ve got 5 sweet ways to do it, from serving a Cupid-inspired dinner to creating a scavenger hunt for hearts.

Moms and dads, what are your Valentine’s Day plans this year? Will you have a romantic rendez-vous out or a fun family night in?
Plus: Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards