Valentine's Day- where is the love?

 Unfortunately many parents fall into the trap of getting bogged down in the humdrum monotony of errands, chores and financial stresses so that their relationship takes a backseat. Stop doing things by rote and try to plan a surprise for your better half on a weekly basis- be it theatre tickets, a reservation at a favourite fish restaurant or enjoying a cheese platter at a cosy wine bar. Check out our Offbeat Malta Food Trails where you can book a Valletta Food Tour and play the tourist to escape from reality for a while- operating every Saturday morning- 'nuff said!
Love it, or loathe it, Valentine's Day is here to stay! This serves as a good reminder for parents to reflect on where it all began, and do something unexpected for  their partner- to demonstrate to them that they are still the most important person in each other's lives. Whether you send flowers to their workplace, or cook up a romantic meal for two- the thoughtful gesture will surely not go unnoticed (and unrewarded!).
Discover what brought you together in the first place by doing something spontaneous just the two of you- without babies in tow. Whether it's adventure sports, going for a long, romantic walk along the promenade or eating a full English Breakfast while scouring the newspapers- carve some time out for yourselves. Book the babysitter, or rope in some young adult relatives to take the kids out for the afternoon and if you're planning an evening outing why not attempt to get the children excited about going on a sleep over? But be sure to reciprocate the favour! If sleeping in has become a thing of the past, this could be your best Valentine's Day ever!
Children love being part of a conspiracy so get them in on the act by giving them the task of finding out what your other half wants as a present. When you find yourself alone with the kids take them grocery shopping for your partner’s favourite meal, and ask them to lay the table and help you prepare the food. Get them to pick out a bunch of flowers for the centrepiece from the florist and suggest a favourite dessert. Be prepared- You may find yourself dining en masse, as the rugrats will be too excited to miss the surprise!
 And don't forget - the kids also benefit from seeing the respect & love that their parents have for each other, and will try to emulate this in their own future relationships.
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Lisa Grech is the founder of the Malta Baby & Kids Directory and website. Together with Denise Briffa and Crysta Darmanin we combine work on the publication and website while bringing up lots of children (seven between us!).

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