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Single Moms On Valentine’s Day

Photo courtesy of Meg and Jeremy Fincher via Flickr
Photo courtesy of Meg and Jeremy Fincher via Flickr

Single moms on Valentine’s Day can feel more alone than any other day of the year. I know. I well remember that feeling. You may feel like something or someone is missing. You may not know what to do with yourself. Here are two thoughts on the subject from a Tough Old Bird with a Soft Spot for Single Moms.

Valentine’s Day Alone

Shel Silverstein wrote a book that offers a simple, and almost funny, look at this. It is titled The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.

If you are thinking that you are incomplete without a man in your life or that you will never find the right one for you, then this is the book for you. I suggest you get a copy. Don’t read it yet. Instead, gift wrap it in special Valentine’s paper.

On Valentine’s Day, prepare your favorite meal. After you enjoy the treat of your meal, open the package. As you devour a box of chocolates or whatever dessert you desire, read the book. Or if you prefer, you may watch the animated YouTube version. 

Valentine’s Day With Children           

If you have children with you, here are some ideas to make a memory on Valentine’s Day—and a way to show them how to celebrate life.

  • A few days before Valentine’s Day, gather paper, glue, glitter, and red hearts. Have children make Valentines for grandparents or other people in their lives. You might add photos. Make an evening of it. Let them deliver them personally.
  • Prepare something red for dinner, like spaghetti sauce. Teach children how to set a proper table and share a nice meal together. Afterward, read this story of St. Valentine. This would be a great time to talk with older children about how important it is to honor Christian principles about marriage.
  • On a lighter note, you might allow children to make slice-and-bake cookies. They could enjoy them while watching a favorite movie, or wrap and deliver to seniors who are alone.
  • Make a “date” to take each child on a “special day” as your Valentine’s gift to them. Put it on the family calendar as something for each one to look forward to.

If you demonstrate family love to them, they will grow up and do the same with their children. One of the joys of getting older is getting to see grandchildren learning from their parents things that you taught them.

About Gail Showalter

Gail raised three children as a single mother for sixteen years before she married Sam. She was an educator in regular and special education for eighteen years, finishing her professional career as a Braille teacher. In 2007 She founded SMORE for Women - a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered. She is a certified Women’s Transition Coach and her stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. She released her first book Living Learning Loving in 2015.
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