There's a misperception that single people hate
Valentine's Day. I understand there are people who think it's
simply a Hallmark holiday and has no real value in their lives. I
get that and respect that. However, I am a hopeless romantic who
enjoys Valentine's Day. I think single moms who aren't in
relationships may feel some kind of way because there's no one to
pamper them. As our children get older they may make a craft in
daycare or school that will melt our heart every time. Other than
that we are on our own and that doesn't have to be a bad thing.
Here are 5 ways that you can take care of yourself on this
day of love.
1. Go to a spa
Solo parenting is hard work and one thing many of
us neglect is our own self care. Why not schedule time to have
someone massage your shoulders, paint your nails or give yourself a
facial. If it's not in your budget, head to your local Target or
Walmart and purchase some supplies to create your own spa at home
with scented candles.
2. Eat a meal at a restaurant without your
A few weekends ago I went to this amazing Hibachi
grill in the city with some friends. As much as I love being around
my son, there is nothing like dining out with adults. I have made
it high on my priority list to make that happen more this year. You
3. Perform random acts of
It's easy to feel sad or lonely on Valentine's Day
so why not spread joy instead? I love these suggestions from
Smashed Peas and Carrots. I'm going to buy
Valentine's Day cards and send them to friends and
4. Cross something off your bucket
I don't know about you, but my bucket list is
getting longer every year. This is the perfect day to do something
you've always wanted to do.
5. Buy flowers
There are some people that think buying flowers for
yourself is weird. Not buying flowers for yourself is weird. I'm
not talking about the prepackaged flowers you can find at the
grocery store. I encourage every single mom to create her own
bouquet and even visit a florist for suggestions for a beautiful
selection. If it's in your budget, I would make this a weekly or
What are you doing this Valentine's Day?
Laila is the creator of Only Laila, a site dedicated to sharing simple solutions for single and working moms.
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