I love shopping in any and all forms — for myself, my kids, my kids' friends, my extended family . . . and there's no better excuse for doing some serious retail damage than the holidays. But there is one thing that will put me off wanting to enter a single store or to buy a single thoughtful present, and that's having to undertake that task with one or both of my children in tow. Because shopping with kids? It's the opposite of fun.
Bringing your brood along for the occasional shopping trip is unavoidable, especially when you have your entire family's holiday wish list hanging over your head. If and when you have to tackle the holiday crowds at your local mall with your little ones, here are 10 tips to make the process as painless as possible.