Seven Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day

The 14th of February should always be a date to remember

Valentine’s Day is almost here. In fact, it’s only a week away. I don’t have anything planned for this big romantic day – and most certainly, got nothing on my mind that involves plenty of romance. I think for me the ideal activity to be indulging on Valentine’s Day would be to just grab my best mate and make him sit with me at the cinema. I know it’s not the wildest idea and there is no dinner involved at the movies, unless scrumptious hot dogs count, but La La Land is playing and it’s better than staying inside in my PJs and doing nothing at all. But if I had to get romantic, these date ideas would be ideal. Not only are they seasonal, they are also like a real life fairy tale and perfect.

A cold sleigh ride

Sleigh rides always remind me of Christmas. But because it is winter, they can also double up as a romantic idea – you should try it out atop snowy hills because the thrill (and beauty of the scenery combined) will make for an amazing experience.

Go to the ballet

Ballet is so romantically creative. Just to watch dancers on stage in their costumes perform to beautifully orchestrated sounds and a neat script is a treat in itself but it’s always great when you have your partner to share those moments with.

Shop for groceries from the farmer’s market

Seasonal vegetables, such as lettuce and onions can be scouted for from your local farmer’s market. This is one shopping experience that can actually be paired with your date, but make it a day-effort – the fresh veg that the two of you will pick out also needs to make up your impromptu dinner date.

Play a game

Board games and solitaire are two of my favourite ways to waste time. A game night sounds like the perfect idea because for a change you get to be one of the boys, with your guy – for your boyfriend, it would be just like a game night with the boys, except there are no requests for seriously annoying time outs from him or the whole ‘his boys, but they aren’t your guys’ all because you don’t find gambling as fun as a pretty dress, cheesy pizza and gabbing.

Snuggle with a scary book or a scary film

This is a good idea because just remembering The Shining scares me, which is why reading horror novels such as those are best kept when you have your boyfriend for company – like on the night of Valentine’s Day.

Ice skating

Right, this date might really be for people who can skate but don’t be put off by that: just make sure whilst skating like a pro (for the first time) that you only fall in the snow, when your boyfriend is not looking.

Throw snow balls at each other

I would never promise myself that I wouldn’t get carried away throwing snowballs at my date, on a date – just the thought of him laughing because he thinks I look like a kid in my jumbo woolly coat makes me want to rapidly throw bigger and bigger snowballs at him to win it and turn his smile upside down. But the flip side of this date is that it is also very cute, really fun and so cheap.

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How To Spot A Cheater

It is the most awful feeling in the world: getting cheated upon. But perhaps nothing can cushion the blow that comes from the excuses that a cheater will give you when discovered. Here’s how to spot some of the most common ones:

  • He never meant to hurt you.
  • Monogamy doesn’t come towards men.
  • He loved you very deeply when he finally slept with her, last night.
  • He doesn’t do clingy for too long.
  • You did not meet his needs.
  • He needed closure from what he thought was a relationship on the verge of a breakup.
  • He wants to get back together but you will never forgive him.

The New Kind Of Homelife

What is the family structure of today and how does society influence it?

Women of today have a lot of privileges that earlier on wasn’t open to them. They are increasingly finding it easy to have an education post-school, they nurture both competition and a career and even enjoy leisurely pursuits, such as travelling. However, this role-change has not seen them prioritize only themselves, their jobs and a paycheck. Women still want to have a family, want to enjoy motherhood, raise their children and that also in a stable and emotionally-secure environment.

As a white-collar worker, a celebrity or a celebrity homemaker, women also have other needs and desires from life, that men don’t, for the most part. This evolution of thought in what it means to be a woman is affecting how relationships are working out, what kind of families are being formed, nowadays.

Economic changes nationally impacts on how a society functions, which in turn influences how a family works – what opportunities they have, what pressurises them, how they are affected by the newest social norm, what they think of the social values that are raging through the papers. In Australia, as the population size increases, so does the number of people getting married – you see less of it during any recession, and more of it when there is a war, or during the aftermath of the war.

Young marriages were very prevalent in the seventies in Australia but now the average has jumped from an approximate of 23 years to an approximate of 29 years (pre-70s, the national average was 26 years).