Do you ever take your kids shopping with you, thinking – “It can’t be as bad as last time. Hmm. You might as well put your finger on the stove girl, cause you are fixing to get burned . . . again!
Why we think something so horrible will get better, I don’t know. The minute you walk through the doors of the Mall to make a quick run for that cute blouse, Timmy has a melt down, Mary has to go to the bathroom and Sam can’t sleep in public. Dear Lord. It’s just sheer “Will Power” to really want to go shopping, for us to take our kids, after repeat offenses.
When I was 7, my mom took me shopping at a department store. While she was in the fitting room, I saw this mannequin on a platform. My 1st thought was – Is it wearing underwear? So, while I waited for my mom, I climbed up the ladder onto the platform; as I was putting my head under the skirt to see what was under there, the W-H-O-L-E thing fell 10 feet . . . and I came down with it.
The older ladies ran and got my mom, who was embarrassed beyond belief. My mom grabbed me by the ear (remember that trick?) and hauled me out to the car, hollering, “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? I said: I wanted to see if the mannequin was wearing any underwear. She looked at me with those stern mom eyes (the kind that puts chills down your spine) and I said: If you were wondering, it WASN’T.
And that’s why you don’t take kids shopping, if you REALLY want to joy yourself. Get a babysitter, trade play dates with a friend, go shopping in the evening or on the weekend, mow somebody’s lawn, just get time alone, Girl!
Then you think, “I’ll take “laid back” Johnny with me and leave loud Suzy with Dad. Forgetaboutit! It’s like trying to loose weight. We work out hard all week and eat junk food on the weekends and never really get where we wanna go.
Keep the kids all day or all week, but when it’s your turn to enjoy PEACE and QUIET, get that Star Bucks coffee, find your favorite music on the ipod, jump into the car (ALONE) and head out to that “Well Deserved” time away. You can’t do it half way. Oh, No! As the song says: Go Big or Go Home! Here’s to Peaceful Shopping!