So, did you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday? Did you get out with the millions today to snag any great deals on Black Friday? Black Friday brings out the best and worst in people as it’s the first “official” first day of Christmas shopping. While you most likely have noticed some crazy “go-getters,” you probably also have noticed over the years that on Black Friday (early morning) there are very few children present. Wouldn’t it be awesome if it could be like this all the time (minus the crazy store hours)? Sadly, it can’t, but the shopping tips below will help you get your Christmas shopping done WITH your kids in a relatively sane manner!
1. Refrain from shopping when you should be eating. The worst thing parents do when taking their kids shopping is continue to shop through meal times. Cranky children often get that way when they are being forced to run on empty stomachs. Therefore, make sure you and your family leave with full stomachs and if you happen to still be out at lunchtime, stop and break for a quick meal…you can even bring snacks if you’d like!
2. Break out the allowance. It is important to teach children about responsibility and money from the time they are little. Shopping helps do both. When you take your children shopping with you on the weekend, have them bring their allowance money…and go ahead and pay them for the present week. If they choose to spend their allowance, let them do it first thing – you’ll be surprised at how well they behave when they’re able to spend their money at the beginning of the trip.
3. Save time-consuming stores for last. It may seem smart to do the time-consuming stores first, like shopping for kids’ formalwear, but children will likely have more tolerance for these stores if 1) they’ve already gotten to spend their allowance, 2) they’ve eaten recently and, 3) they know it’s the last stop. So, if possible, do the time-consuming shopping last.