It's bittersweet: The end of summer, the beginning of the school year. How are you going to get them off the beach, out of the pool, away from their friends to go shopping of all things. Here's a few tips from fellow moms that make back-to-school shopping more manageable--and even enjoyable.
Plan far in advance, not a few days a few weeks, and let your kids know that a week from Friday that day's activity is back to school shopping day. Put it on the kitchen calendar so all can see.
Don't just jump in the car and hit your favorite back to school shopping store, spend some time mapping it out. Having a plan instead of browsing a store aimlessly will help keep things on track--and meltdowns at bay.
Have the kids join in the planning process. Sit down one night and create a list together. Give each kid mad-money, $5 each, they can spend in the store on extra school supplies.
Promise an activity for either that afternoon or the next day that they can do as a reward for being good during back to school shopping.
Get it all done. This is where the planning comes in: It's not fun going back-to-school shopping, don't make it worse by dragging it out over several days.
What's your attack plan for back-to-school shopping?