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How to take the stress out of Christmas shopping with kids.

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It is less than 7 weeks until Christmas!! Are you cheering or panicking?  Do you know what you are getting for everyone?

What is meant to be a festive time of year can often become stressful and upsetting. For parents there is often nothing more demanding than trying to organize shopping trips with their little ones in tow. I am not an avid shopper at the best of times, so if you add five times the number of people, long queues, impatient people trying to get prime parking, and Christmas carols over and over, well, a gift voucher for everyone from Bunnings is looking very appealing.

 So how do you take the stress out of shopping for presents at Christmas?

1. Set your limits.  Where is your limit on pressies,  aunts, friends, teachers, sports coaches ….?  If you have more than one child this can become very expensive.  Set your limits on who gets presents, and how much will be spent on each of these.

2. Plan the pressies.  Can/will some be home made?  The personal touch and savings are enticing.   If you know what you are buying, make a physical list and stick to it.  Tick them off, don’t keep it all in your head, the carols in the shops will be in your head enough to wear you down. If you don’t know what you are buying, browse the catalogues and get ideas.  Impulse buying is easy this time of year, your credit card won’t like it.

3. Plan the event.  Set the date to shop, and plenty of time.  You really don’t want to have to handle the chaos multiple times, so the more you can get done in one or two trips the less stress for everyone.  Any time from now is a good time to go, the closer to Chrissy it gets the more pressure there is.

4. Go without the kids if you are buying for the kids.  Ever tried to hide a pressie when the kids know you are buying pressies, and then the brother tells the sister what she is getting?  Book a babysitter at www.cherishedcherubs.com.au if you have to, the look of surprise and excitement on your child’s face on Christmas morning is why we all do this.

5. Psych yourself.  It’s like going into a boxing ring, but if you know what’s coming, it makes it a lot easier to handle.  Don’t be in a rush,  expect to have to go to a multitude of shops, and most of all, smile, even if you are gritting your teeth underneath J

6. Get the wrapping done when you are out. For a gold coin donation you get to save time and hassle, plus the money often goes to a good cause.

Keep it in perspective,  organise, shop, and be thankful that you are in a position to be able to shop and share with those around you.

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