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How to Handle Holiday Shopping with Your Kids
Taking your kids shopping with you, even just to the grocery store, can be a daunting task. When it comes to holiday shopping, the stress level goes up a notch, as you often need to be at the store longer and you're navigating more crowded areas. Having a plan in place, reinforcing good behavior, and providing distractions are all keys to successful holiday shopping with your kids.
Going to the Store
Explain what you expect from your children.Before you get to the store, explain your rules to your children. You can't expect them to behave if you don't lay out what behavior you want from them. Plus, telling them right before you go in keeps them from weaseling out of situation by saying they didn't know any better.
Don't go during snack or nap time.If you try to skip over snack or nap time, your children will just be cranky. Try to go after you've finished both of these activities. You can get around the snack time one a bit by bringing snacks with you for your kids to snack on. Keep in mind, though, some stores may frown upon your kids having outside snacks around the merchandise.
Have a way to keep younger kids contained.If you aren't going to a store with shopping carts, you're going to want to have someplace that will help keep your kid contained. A stroller is ideal, as it keeps your child near you while also keeping them from getting too tired from walking around.
Make a plan.Think about what you need to buy, and map out the best route around the store. Make it as efficient as possible, so you don't need to spend more time in the store than you have to. You can get in and get out with little fuss.
Praise good behaviors.If you notice your child has been acting well, praise those behaviors. In fact, it's a good idea to keep pointing out what they're doing well throughout the day. Reinforcing good behavior encourages kids to keep doing that behavior.
- For instance, if you notice your child has been good about staying by your side, say so: "You've been staying right by my side all day. Good job, Robbie!"
Don't be afraid of a little bribery.While you don't want to reinforce bad behavior by trying to distract your child with a reward, you can offer them a reward if they are good all day. For instance, you could say you'll get hot chocolate at the end of the day if your child is good all day.
- Stick by what you say. If your child isn't good, you shouldn't follow through with your reward.
Encourage them to help.One way to help kids get in the spirit is to get them thinking about other people. Let them help make small decisions about gift-buying, so they can think about giving it to other people. Not every kid will want to get in on the action, but many kids will love to help.
- For instance, you could say, "Which color of socks do you think Daddy would like best, blue or green?" Alternatively, you could say something such as, "We're going to buy a toy truck for Casey because she likes them. Which one do you think she'll like?"
Remember sometimes the bravest course is to retreat.No matter what you do, your children may just not be in a mood to behave through a long shopping trip. If that's the case, the wisest course of action may be to come back another day (if at all possible) rather than just trying to just forge ahead.
Take small toys with you.You'll need a couple of small toys with you to help keep your child entertained while you're shopping. It can help to let your child choose which toys they'd like to take so they'll be more likely to be entertained by them. You can also buy a small new toy to keep them distracted.
Bring a screen.Normally, you probably limit your child's interaction with a screen. However, a big shopping day may be good time to lift that rule a bit. If you let your child have more screen time than they normally do, they'll likely be enthralled, leaving you free to shop while they chill in the cart.
- Make sure the devices you bring are fully charged, and try to bring a charging bank if possible, so you don't run out of battery power halfway through the day.
Carry a special snack.Snacks will help if your child starts to get cranky from hunger. Even better, take something that you normally don't let your kids have, such as chocolate, so they are even more distracted by the snack.
Try the sleep approach.If you bring blankets and pillows with you and go early in the morning, you may be able to get your kids to sleep while you shop. Of course, it's never a sure thing that your kids will sleep, but it's worth bringing the pillows and blankets along just in case.
- While some strollers aren't big enough for blankets and pillows, you can make use of a shopping cart in some places. Either way, the key is to make your kid comfortable, though this advice will likely only work for babies and toddlers.
Have a plan for the toy section.You know the toys you'd rather your kids not have, such as the noisy ones or weapons. Try to avoid those sections if possible. If it's not possible, go by them more quickly and land on another section where you can distract your child with something they like (such as dinosaurs).
Distract your child while you slip gifts into the basket.Try having a store tote on hand that you can slip your kid's gifts into. When you need to pick one up, distract your child by pointing at something else they'll like, such as "Aren't those dresses pretty?"
- You can also get the cashier on board by asking them to scan the gifts without letting your kids see while you do something else to distract your kids.
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