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Holiday Shopping With Kids

Aug 18, 2007
Many parents may not want to bring their kids along on a holiday shopping especially when they run around and distract them most of the time. Instead of being able to concentrate on the gifts that you will be buying, you are busy watching them and calling their attention. Plus, there are kids who can't seem to leave a store without bringing something along with them. And, if you don't give in to their request, they whine, beg and plead. This results to you not being able to finish any shopping at all.

But it is often important to bring your children along with you when shopping for presents especially if they will be giving the gifts. Make your children feel special and needed by asking for them for their opinion and making them responsible for choosing the gift that they would want to give.

Starting early during the holiday season will not only give you more time for holiday shopping but will help spread the shopping time instead of just trying to do it all in one day. To make things easier, create ahead of time a list of the persons and their corresponding gifts. Put beside on the list the store where you will be buying the particular gift item.

The best time to shop would be when children have full stomachs and have rested. Take a break during lunch and get snacks to refuel.

If you have small children like toddlers, place them in a stroller. Bring along some toys that he or she could play with to keep him or her preoccupied.

Give your children the chance to browse the toy aisles and spend some time looking at items they are interested in. You could always buy them a toy as a reward for good behavior.

Do regular rest room stops because we don't want to be in the middle of checkout or shopping when our child wants to go potty.

Enjoy and have fun while spending time with your children. Ask them for their opinions and let them be a part of the selection and shopping experience.

A word of advice, if you will be bringing more than one child, ask your spouse or a friend perhaps to come along with you for you may need help in handling more than one child. Don't bring a sick child along with you and instead leave him or her at home with a baby sitter. Lastly, always keep a watchful eye on your children for they could easily get lost amidst the heavy crowd of shoppers.
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