13 Ways to Successfully Bring Your Children Black Friday Shopping With You
Black Friday shopping is actually insane — from the general concept to the crazy sales to the sheer number of people out shopping at such a ridiculous time of day — it's all bananas. However, there are plenty of people who have made the day a family tradition (or there are those who have sat by year after year and felt they were missing out) who will brave it this year — and a lot of those people will likely be moms. While bringing your children shopping may seem like a challenge on any normal shopping day, the Friday after Thanksgiving always seems to have an extra competitive twist to it that makes navigating the day nearly impossible, so you may need some help.
If you're a mom braving the Black Friday sales this year with your kiddos, we have 13 tips for you to successfully do so.
How to keep your kid busy in a four-hour department store line
Don't put them in a four-hour department store line.
How to successfully navigate the store without them wanting anything
Don't put them in temptation's way — leave them home.
How to make sure your child doesn't have a meltdown after you wake them up in the middle of the night to shop
Don't wake them up in the middle of the night to shop.
How to prepare your child for the insanity that they are likely to witness
Do not bring them — then they can't witness the insanity that is grown adults fighting over consumer goods.
How to swiftly get from store to store with your small child in a stroller
Don't bring your small child or their stroller.
How to avoid tons of people slowing you down and wasting time telling you your child is adorable
Don't bring your adorable child with you.
How to make sure your kids stay with you through the stampedes of people all day
Don't bring your kids into the stampedes of people with you.
How to make sure you don't miss any sales while also keeping an eye on your small children
Don't bring your small children. That way you don't have to keep an eye on them.
How to avoid a day of whining and complaining from your tiny offspring
Do not bring your tiny offspring shopping, and they won't be there to complain.
How to make sure you don't get distracted and forget to buy that one item you really, really have your eye on
Don't bring your distracting children with you.
How to be sure you don't forget a shopping bag behind at the register because you're busy making room for the baby bag
Don't bring the baby — or his bag.
How to make sure your kids stay exactly where you tell them to while you quickly go grab something off a shelf
Don't bring kids with you who will need to stay exactly where they are while you quickly grab something off a shelf.
How to efficiently get all your holiday shopping done in this one glorious sale day while your kids are under your feet
Don't bring your kids and they will not — cannot — get under your feet.
This Black Friday, moms, shop alone.