Bad Mom Confession: I Hate Valentine's Day
I am surrounded by love. So are my kids. You know what they don't need? Hundreds of pieces of paper from friends, frenemies and classmates with chocolates attached to make them happy.
You know what I don't need? An overpriced dinner, overpriced flowers and the further propagation of the card industry.
Valentine's Day isn't big around here.
Just like every other (pseudo) holiday, Valentine's Day (see Halloween) has grown beyond a cute homespun holiday into another overblown day laden with expectations of perfection.
I am told over and over that homemade cards are in, purchased cards are so 1990. Well that's great, except the examples of homemade cards that I find on the Internet are far beyond the skill of my child. Let's be honest, they are far beyond my skill or patience level.
Check these out, or these ones (I don't even go near Pinterest). As my good friend asked: are we supposed to think that kids made these? Isn't the tradition supposed to be that kids pass on bits of paper to each other with hearts on them? Now it's bubbles and lollipops and 3D printing.
My 13- and 9-year-olds are beyond Valentine's Day, so I am down to only one kid who needs to endure the stress of making (or buying) and addressing 19 cards. I can't wait until she is done too.
Then, I figure I have may have a year or two until the stress starts up again with the pressure of teenage Valentine's Day.
On second thought, I will take Valentine's in the younger years over stressed out teens suffering from heartbreak.
Do you love Valentine's Day?
Want more chaos? Last year, I wanted to know how much time you took off for maternity leave.