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Do You Take Your Kids Black Friday Shopping?

Huge crowds plus waking up before dawn plus a couple of little people could be a formula for disaster.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics. This week’s Moms Talk relates to Black Friday shopping.

True confession time:  I have NEVER been Black Friday shopping. I have read about it. I have seen stories about it on T.V. There’s the annual interview with the first person standing in one of the long lines that wrap around stores like Toys ‘R Us and Best Buy in the hours before dawn. I know the sales are good. I don’t love shopping as a general rule, so shopping on Black Friday just seems like too much hassle to me. But, I have been shopping and I have been shopping with my kids. I can’t possibly imagine shopping with them on Black Friday.

Which brings us to this week’s Moms Talk question:

Do you take your kids Black Friday shopping? If so, what tips do you have for getting through the excursion? If you don’t, what do you do with the little ones while you are out hunting down all those bargains?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mother of two. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 14-year-old and 8-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is 3 and a 6-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Jennifer Rodgers November 18, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I've been black friday shopping but I leave the kids at home with my parents - who are usually visiting. My older kids have asked to go with me and I suspect if I let them it will be the last time they ask :) Plus....most of the stuff I'm out to get is for the kids anyway...can't have them there!
Jennifer Elston November 18, 2012 at 03:18 PM
No way. I don't shop on Black Friday either. I hate the idea of all the crowds and fighting over things that don't matter.
Lisa Amey November 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I find that shopping without kids in general is easier and faster. So trying to shop with kids with the added Black Friday stresses at this time is out of the question. I have never shopped on Black Friday anyway; I much prefer to do the Cyber Monday Sales!
Mary Anne Looby November 19, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I cannot imagine taking kids into that crazieness! I never went shopping per se on Black Friday, but for years when we were younger, and things were not so nuts on Black Friday, my sister and I would go to Philadelphia to Wanamakers Christmas Shop. We would listen to the organ player and maybe buy one or two ornaments, have lunch and head home. It was a fun time, and a good way to start the season. Of course back then we had our Mom and she had Thanksgiving and our family all lived in the Valley.
Jennifer Elston November 21, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I do take advantage of good cyber deals this month! I don't think I will step foot in the mall until January.

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