The 20 Stages of Going Back-to-School Shopping With Your Kids
Remember when back-to-school shopping used to be superfun? Your mom would take you to the mall to peruse the offerings at Limited Too and the local department store, you'd stock up on Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers, a Swatch watch, and slap bracelets, then you'd celebrate your shopping success with a treat at the food court?
Well, stocking up for back-to-school is just a little different when you become the parent. While online shopping has made the experience less time-consuming, quickly growing kids — how did their feet grow two sizes in two months?! — and in-store sales make a trip to your local shopping center an inevitable evil. Too many options, crazy crowds, indecisive kids, and sticker shock all conspire to make school shopping an experience that's equal parts frustrating and funny (hey, you have to laugh or you might just cry!). Here are the 20 stages of back-to-school shopping with kids.