At Home for Valentine’s Day for Parents

Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday night this year. With soccer practices, church groups, homework, working late, and just general parental exhaustion, going out for Valentine’s Day this year may not be an option. 

Here are some ideas that don’t require a babysitter, much money, or much planning …  

 For the casual couple 

  • Many pizza places will do a heart-shaped pizza (Papa John’s has done them in years past). Order a heart-shaped pizza.  
  • Fire up the Netflix or video games and enjoy.  


For the romantic couple with a big bathtub (and kids) –  

After the kids go to sleep ...  

  • Get a few candles and put them in your bathroom (you can grab them on the cheap at the corner dollar store). 
  • Add some bubble bath (or shampoo, in a pinch) to your bath, or break out that bath bomb you’ve been saving for a special occasion.  
  • Go to Spotify and pick out a romantic playlist (put “romance” into the Spotify search, and find playlists like “90’s Babymakers” or “Acoustic Love”).  
  • Turn off the lights. This is both romantic and necessary for most of us if you have children because we don’t look like we did at 19. Candlelight is kind. Both of you get in the tub at the same time. Stay in for at least three songs. You probably will get sleepy. But it will be a more romantic sleepy than the usual Wednesday night.  


For the couple for whom even lighting candles and getting in the tub is too much –  

  • Make a dinner reservation for next Saturday night (or the next time you can get a babysitter).  
  • Tell each other you love each other.  
  • Hold hands as you go to sleep.  


Valentine’s Day is a “Hallmark holiday,” but it is always a good excuse to stop for a minute and fall in love again. You don’t have to shell out thousands of dollars, or plan too much, or even bring home flowers and chocolates. Just spending a little extra time together can make the occasion extra special.    

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Hanson Watkins

Ms. Watkins graduated from Mountain Brook High School and lives in Birmingham with her two boys, Jack, and Charlie. She has bachelor's degrees in psychology and creative writing from Emory University, and an MBA and master's in health administration from Georgia State University. 
Hanson spent 10 years working in the healthcare industry in Atlanta before moving back to Birmingham several years ago to work for her father, Jim Watkins. 
She credits her father, who has owned several businesses over the years, for giving her the entrepreneurial spirit. Her brother, Josh Watkins, is a Birmingham lawyer who helped start the Birmingham Angel Network, a venture capital organization. 

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.



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