We all know that a certain February holiday is coming up, but today we want to talk about February 13th, aka Galentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating female friendships, connection and girl power, so naturally we are huge fans. With so many things in the media and society focused on romantic relationships, this day gives us an outlet to focus on our friendships and to teach our daughters how powerful and awesome they can be. Or, as Leslie Knope of Parks & Recreations put it, think of it as “ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas”.
So, how do we celebrate? Here are a few ideas you can try with your daughters:
- Have a self-care night for you and your daughter(s). Get face masks (or feet masks... yes, that’s a thing), paint your nails, color in adult coloring books and blast music. Word to the wise: let your kids pick the playlist, unless you want this to turn into a solo self-care night ;)
- Movie night: watch movies or shows with strong females. Some ideas to get you started: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Mean Girls, Now and Then, Freaky Friday, or any movie with Molly Ringwald.
- Create 2020 vision boards with your daughter (they are magic). Cut out inspiring photos, words, phrases or people from magazines, or print them from online searches. Look for items that reflect goals for the new year, or qualities you want to embody (girl power, strength, friendship, etc). You can do this on a laptop too!
- Get out and enjoy the outdoors together to make some time to “chat”. Bundle up and hit the beach, a hike through the woods or taking the dog for a walk.
- I’m going to say it, make a TikTok video. I can’t dance either but this is one thing your daughter will say yes to. Stand behind, not in front or beside her, wear dark clothing (flattering) and do your best to follow the dance moves. Congratulations, you are now, “The Cool Mom”.
The ideas above all involve your kids (and most don’t require you to even change out of your yoga pants, winning!), but make sure to take time to celebrate your own friendships.Treat yourself to a ladies night out, grab a coffee with a friend or call that friend who you were supposed to catch up with months ago. Do something for YOU! Not only does it set a positive example for our children, but research shows that maintaining friendships and relationships is one of the key factors that contribute to happiness, and keeps us healthy (yes, please!).
So, what will you do to celebrate Galentine’s Day? We’d love to hear your ideas or if you try any of those above.
With love & friendship,
Thyme & Denielle