When the babysitter's busy

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Come Valentine’s Day, everyone wants to spend time with the one they love — whether it’s a dinner at a restaurant or a few hours of uninterrupted conversation at home. Moms and Dads who rely on babysitters to watch their kids while they get a night out may find that their sitters are also celebrating on Valentine’s Day. So, how to celebrate with kids in tow? Here are some ideas to get started.

Breakfast celebration

Who says Valentine’s Day love and affection is restricted to the evening? Make use of your time by tinkering with the schedule so that you can enjoy one-on-one moments in the morning or afternoon while kids are in school or at daycare. Enjoy a couple’s breakfast or brunch, followed by a massage.

Meet for lunch

If you can’t spare a day off from work, make a point to meet for lunch at a place halfway between your offices. This is yet another kid-free opportunity to enjoy meaningful conversation and time spent as a couple.

Let the kids help

Enlist the kids to give you the night off from dinner, or have them select the perfect take-out menu for a Valentine’s Day dinner. Children do not always have the opportunity to give back to their parents, and on February 14 they can step up their game. Move up bed times a little so the kids are tucked in early enough to allow you to snuggle on the couch.

Catch up on family time

Kids are a shining example of their parents’ love for one another. Use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to skip other obligations, including extracurricular activities, and have a family day. Watch a movie together and enjoy an indoor picnic.

See? There are lots of workarounds if the babysitter is unavailable!