Let’s replace Valentine’s Day with Galentine’s Day already. For moms of young children, showing our romantic obligations to a partner comes on the heels of orchestrating the entire holiday season. What about showing love and appreciation for other moms and caregivers in general? Well, that’s where Galentine’s Day comes in.
Introduced to many by the show “Parks and Recreation” in 2010, Galentine’s Day falls on Feb. 13 and is a day devoted to celebrating women and friendships. This holiday has caught on in local events and inserted itself into the zeitgeist (and the Merriam-Webster dictionary as of 2018).
And the best news, it’s way easier than Valentine’s Day.
Yes, we’re busy doing absolutely everything, but just a simple text to a new parent or striking up a conversation at a kids’ event can make a difference.
According to local mental health counselor Tiffany Lowther of Lowther Counseling Services in Audubon Park, moms — especially new parents — constantly struggle with feelings of inadequacy, loss of identity and feeling a lack of support. Constant comparisons also tell us we need to look like we have it together. Instead let’s be vulnerable, honest and the change we want to see.
If you’re able to support other moms, that’s great! You are vital to our community. If you’re in a place of need, this is a reminder to be kind to yourself and ask for help.
In the spirit of Galentine’s Day, make time this month to support other parents in the struggle with love and kindness. Bonus: You’re modeling kindness to your kids. As for Valentine’s Day itself, a heart-shaped pizza from Pizzeria Del-Dio never hurts.
Here are some events that can bring us together this February. Many of these are recurring, so you can make it a regular thing, and some are outdoors.
Wednesdays at 9 a.m. — Baby & Me at Orlando Rep
Wednesdays at 2 p. m. — Kids Play & Create at OCLS Downtown
Saturdays at 11 a.m. — Family Storytime at OCLS Downtown
Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. — Storytime at Joybird Books
Friday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. — TeaTime Dance Party with Mr. Richard at Infusion Tea
Saturday, Feb. 4, noon – 5 p.m. — Collective Corner Galentine’s Pop-Up Market at Succulent Empire
Monday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. — Leu Gardens Storytime
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. — Orlando Philharmonic Symphony Storytime at The Plaza Live OrlandoPhil.org/symphony-storytime
Saturday, Feb. 11, 1 – 5 p.m. — Mega Pop-Up Market at The House on Lang AND Quantum Leap Winery Eventbrite.com/e/mega-pop-up-market-at-the-house-on-lang-and-quantum-leap-winery-registration-322477688447?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
Sunday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. — Orlando Philharmonic Symphony Storytime at The Plaza Live
Sunday, Feb. 12, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. — Mennello Museum’s Free Family Funday MennelloMuseum.org/education-programs/ongoing-programs
Monday, Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m. — Mama Gansa at OCLS Downtown
Monday, Feb. 13, 6 – 10 p.m. — Galentine’s Day Market Party
Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. — Story Stroll at Orlando Rep OrlandoRep.com/show/story-stroll
Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m. — Yoga with PLAYologist Yolonda at OCLS
Monday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. — Mama Gansa at OCLS Downtown