My 12 year old has become obsessed with having what she terms ” Life Experiences”- and being that she is ONLY 12 and not yet able to transport herself around town- I have been bequeathed with the unenviable position of Bringing THESE LIFE EXPERIENCES to fruition. First on her list this Thanksgiving Holiday was The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ( you can read all about it here ). And after rousing her and her brother from their slumber at 4 a.m. I was pretty sure neither one of them would be in the mood to do anything on Friday but sit in front of the tube and watch SpongeBob all day long. Of course I could not have been more wrong.
Parenting Lesson #1: Your Kids have WAY MORE ENERGY than you give them credit for- and they will wear you down to a little nub. While I was exhausted from Thursday’s events (which also included MAJOR evening Turkey clean-up) my kids were up at 6 am on Friday and RARING to ” Hit the malls for those BLACK FRIDAY Sales”- as my eight year old son screamed into my ear while I lay in bed.
Of course it was hard to say no- being that the Children’s Place team kindly send me a gift card to check out their holiday looks and my daughter- who is ALWAYS eager to get her clothing shop on- said, “Mommy I need to have a Black Friday Holiday shopping life experience. And if you let me go I will do a video of my haul”.
So I mustered all my energy and packed the kids in the car and for the first time in my 40 years on this planet I went shopping on Black Friday.
Parenting Lesson #2: In a store that is filled to the BRIM with TOYS- your kid will have a hard time choosing anything because the bottom line is this- kids don’t really need the actual toys- what they REALLY want is an experience. So what did my son and I do for two hours perusing the very crowded aisles ( passing by so many toddlers staging full-on temper tantrums while parents did their best to ignore said outbursts) my son enjoyed some much needed pogo jumping and scooting around the store ( MIND YOU we have two scooters at home).
Parenting Lesson #3: Your kids will be happy with a BALL. And no it doesn’t need to be a fancy ball- it can be a garden variety ball. How do I know this? After two hours of shopping me a sweaty mess and exhausted-we left Toys R’ Us with a football.